I spent most of this week in mine.
The next step was Lays chips. I allowed myself the indulgence of the salt and comfort that brings.
And finally and most importantly, I have friends whose smiles and words of encouragement give me that same sense of awe. Last night it was a meeting of those friends, at least the ones who live in the same area as me. We sat, ate and talked. It was deep, meaningful and serious for a while and definitely not all about me, however the laughs came right along with it.
The social component to living with pain is extremely important and sometimes goes by the wayside. It is hard to think about being social when it's difficult to get one foot in front of the other but when your pain is controlled even for a short time seeing friends adds so much to your life. It is worth every bit of the effort to do so.
Let go of the need to have a perfectly clean house, beautifully prepared meal and a week to prepare. Just make it about the people at the table and not what's on the table. And if you have friends like mine, they bring lots to add and it is always delicious and nutritious.
I'm feeling tired today from that little bit of activity, but my spirits are much better and I know they will always be there for me, as I will be for them.