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Adversity, the Opportunity for Consistency

Thursday, April 26, 2018

It seems as if there are times when everything goes haywire. Some call it Murphy's law while others are determined that it is fate dealt to them on a regular basis. In reality, everyone gets a fair share of rain and sunshine. However, we tend to notice when the discomfort of rain makes for a more challenging day. I have watched and noticed that there is a truth manifested in the many religions of the world: "the law of sewing and reaping;" "karma;" or "ying-yang" that shows there is a beautiful balance in life. To recognize that balance allows one to be at peace through the difficulties of everyday life and to encounter hurdles with a sense of purpose.

Making lemonade from lemons is a well-worn cliche but is, none-the-less, a good way of evaluate the options for achieving one's goals. One of my favorite sayings is taken from the words of Rev. Robert Schuler who wrote, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." 1).Those words have carried me through many a challenge over the years. Today as I consider that I am involved in Lymphedemic treatment for fluid build-up in my legs, arthritis in both knees and feet, and COPD issues that all affect my attitude toward exercise, I will allow my attitude to rise to assure that I will remain active throughout my life. I don't have to meet the rigors of an Olympic athlete to remain active. Some modest investment given toward physical activity will doubtless be better than maintaining zero exercise and letting the adversity walls of life come crashing in around me. These little challenges can be the very things that can motivate me toward activity and help me to respond with hope to the possibilities of a purpose-filled life and greater spiritual health.

1) Schuller, Robert H. Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do! Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005. Print.
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  • CAROLYNINJOY1
    Thank you, Bruce for sharing your positive attitude. I know it can be challenging to deal with physical issues that slow down any exercise. I just keep doing what I can do with the "hand" I'm dealt. Keep on keeping on.

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    764 days ago
  • BRUCELANGLEY
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I also found help through an initial thirty day fast (Not recommended for everyone) in which I lost about 55 lbs. I went from 335 to 284 and am still at 288 with the help of the Lord and a nutritionist. Good news is that through my current treatment and constant use of compression stockings and wraps, I have had a 20% percent reduction in leg size on both legs. I'll take that. We'll stay in touch. I'll be sure to check out your blogs. Thanks again.
    765 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2018 9:33:38 AM
  • RKOTTEK
    We sound very similar with lymph-edema and arthritis.
    Neither of us is a small chappy.
    Exercise can be useful in shifting fluid.
    I have found it to some degree helpful having me legs and feet raised at night when I sleep.
    Intermittent fasting has helped be get rid of about 13 pounds of surplus fluid in recent weeks.
    you can find more info on my blogs
    Cheers Richard
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    767 days ago
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