It was a fairly simple Facebook status update: “Feeling GOOD. Isn’t that the crux of it all?” It’s the kind of social media status one could easily overlook, but it leaped off the screen and straight to my heart. That’s because I knew exactly what she meant. I felt her exuberance in my bones. It’s not just that she was feeling good, but that she had a heightened awareness of what it means to feel good. It was a statement of appreciation for the simple joy of feeling healthy, or at least healthier than she had in awhile.
There are degrees of feeling good, especially if you have a chronic health condition or serious illness. You can have a few aches and pains and still feel good. You can have a leg that doesn’t work and still feel good. Good enough to notice, feel grateful, and proclaim it to the world.
Jen Gerics and I have something in common. We both have relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). That means we have periods of disease activity followed by periods of remission. I’ve been relapse-free for almost four years now, but Jen recently had a major attack, which was finally waning, prompting her public declaration about feeling good.
In our reality, feeling good is a relative thing, but we’re mindful of the experience. We take pleasure in our physical actions. “Know why I’m skipping?” I called to my husband one day. “Because I can!”
The mind/body connection is a powerful thing. Just as our frame of mind can affect our health, so can our health affect our frame of mind. When you feel lousy, you can’t help but be aware of it, and most of us don’t hesitate to complain. On days when you feel healthy, you probably don’t give it as much thought, but you should. Jen puts it this way:
“I just said it because I am feeling physically well again and that leads to feeling mentally well, too (for me). And it’s the core of all wellbeing, I think. It starts with feeling able to take on the day.”
When you get up tomorrow morning, consider how you feel. Despite any physical complaints you may have, are you feeling able to take on the day? If so, that’s a noteworthy thing. Say it out loud. Let the feeling sink in to your very core. Be mindful of your good health and ability to take on the day.
Most days, I feel good. And like Jen, I’m darned grateful. How about you?
Looking Good: Invisible Symptoms of MS (video)
Benefits of Green Exercise
The Big Impact of Small Acts of Kindness
No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis (book)
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