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Focus on the negative

As a firm believer in working on our strengths, instead of our weaknesses, I also believe that a positive mental attitude carries us farther.

Recently, my positive attitude has been sorely tested. We’re working to make a big change in our lives and I’ve become fatigued. Not tired. Fatigued.

Mind numbing. Thought swallowing. Brain wading through quick sand. That kind of fatigued. It also includes muscle weakness. And don’t forget the pain – joints and muscles.

So I’m finding it difficult to stay positive. Difficult to know and use my strengths. I can’t write and I can’t read.

When this quote was sent in a newsletter that I get, it struck a chord in me. And I felt better instantly.

It’s not our disadvantages or shortcomings that are ridiculous,
but rather the studious way we try to hide them, and our desire
to act as if they did not exist.

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

I’d love for my body and brain to work like they used to, but that’s not going to happen. Instead of wasting time and energy ignoring – or even worse, denying – these challenges that I have, I’ve decided to work with them. Rest when I need to rest. Even when that means that I can’t write for a week. Hire people to do physical labor that tires me out. Even though that costs a lot.

If I’m going to continue writing, reading, taking care of my animals, and spending quality time with my husband, I have to change my attitude.

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