Hope - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
When Migraines or headaches complicate our lives, we can fall into a rut, not stopping to think about the many things for which we truly are thankful. It's more than difficult. The pain and other symptoms can become all-consuming and push the good things from our conscious thoughts.
We encourage everyone with Migraines or headaches to maintain a Migraine and Headache diary. I do find my Migraine diary helpful, but there's another form of diary that I find just as helpful - my gratitude journal. Some days, I write quite a bit in that journal; other days, just a few words. No matter how much or how little I write, making those entries reminds me that there are many good things in my life.
I refuse to let Migraines take over my life. It will probably be a life-long fight, but I will prevail. Above all, I remind myself that there is hope for living well with this disease, and that hope helps keep me whole. It's that hope that I share with you on day #15 in our 30 Days of Gratitude. Emily Dickinson wrote an inspiring poem about hope. It begins:
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune - without the words,
And never stops at all.
Ellen and I both find that a gratitude journal helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium when it seems that everything in our lives is conspiring to bring us down. We also find that it helps to share with each other. That's one reason we want to share with you, our Migraine and headache family.
Would you like to join us? It's easy to keep a gratitude journal, and you're always welcome to share any of it here in our community. Journals can be handwritten or kept on your computer. To share here, you can create a SharePost of your own, or you can post comments to our posts.
For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated November 8, 2013.