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New “To Do” for Chronic Pain

Mary Byrne Eigel

In 2010, I am going to add a new category to my daily TO-DO list, “What Have You Done for Yourself Today.” All the other items on the list depend on me being nourished, flexible, focused and feeling good. Why is it that my list rarely focuses on what I need to do for myself? So rather than feeling good about checking off the usual to-do’s, I am going to re-frame my thinking and be conscious of the ways I have spent time replenishing my physical, spiritual, creative and emotional needs.

I can hear the Staple Singers song “Respect Yourself” playing in my head.

Do you have any new ways you will be reframing your thoughts in the New Year?

Blessings, Mary

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About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

5 responses »

  1. I love this idea! Definitely a good reminder. As for re-framing my thoughts, I have refreshed my determination to not let pain and illness keep me from doing things I enjoy, even if I can only do something for a few minutes at a time, to do it anyway! That sounds like it might fit in fairly well with your new category. :}

  2. Mary Byrne Eigel

    You have the right attitude! I contend that we may not control our pain, but we can control our suffering from its downsides. Blessings to you. Mary

  3. Hi Mary,

    As a chronic worrier who didn’t know how bad and detrimental it really was to my health, I’m happy to say that since 2006, I’ve learned to reframe and transform my “stinkin’ thinkin'” to ones that don’t activate the stress response.

    You’re on the right track. We restore, rejuvenate, rebalance and revitalise when we do the things we value – basically, when we honour ourselves.

    Three cheers for this post and another three cheers for you! 🙂

  4. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Auntie Stress, thanks for stopping by and your kind words. Blessings to you. Love that you are into so many modalities like body talk, HeartMath, etc. Am just now finishing a book on Chronic Pain Recovery, do you Skype? Mary

  5. Thank you, Mary.

    That’s a big undertaking. Good for you for completing your book.

    Yes, I do Skype: AuntieStress

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