Living with a traumatic brain injury in the family certainly adds challenges to life, but then again so do many other circumstances. Recently I found myself caught up in analyzing the difficulties that I realized I was missing the joys and celebrations in our lives. So today I decided to commit to thirty days of thriving- not just surviving but actually thriving with joy and fulfillment. Last year my sister started us on a journey of "100 days of awesome", which turned out to be a fabulous experience as we each reported in how we individually discovered awesomeness that day. This time I thought I would bite off a smaller chunk and concentrate on the next month to see if I can regain some of my optimism in life.
To do that, I had to start with admitting "I'm broken". I've grown weary of beating myself up over the mistakes I've made and the numerous ways in which I don't measure up to my own expectations. Abby Maslin's "Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Caregiver" definitely helped me recognize that I'm not the only one who sometimes fails at being a good caregiver. But it also gave me the hope to start fresh and move forward from today. Laurent and I found this song "Broken Together" by Casting Crowns on their album entitled "Thrive" that powerfully shares the message of how we can be broken together and with God's help find healing. Psalms 147:3 says "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." I know that I can start today and in my brokenness ask Him to help me thrive and grow. Brad Wilcox, in his book The Continuous Atonement says, “Obviously, many people live their lives far from the situations they planned and hoped for when they were children. This gives us all the more reason to turn to the Savior, whose message is not just 'Come unto me,' but 'Come as you are.' He doesn’t say, 'Go get your act together and then come back when you fit the mold.' He says, in essence, 'Let’s start right where you are, and go from there.' ”
So I'm starting right here.. Day 1 of my focus on exploring what it truly means to thrive. Join me if you wish and together "Let's Thrive!".
"I believe that God loves broken things."