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Take my advice, please!

Take my advice, please!  I’m not using it. But leave my toy!

Living with pain is a process—it is a journey.  It is also an art and a science. Thriving takes courage, attention, intention, and actions. Some days I do better than others.

Today as I was working with a new client, I realized that sometimes I can give great suggestions and then I look around and realize I am not enacting it myself. Thus, the “take my advice, I’m not using it.”

One of the things I believe strongly is that a vision is stronger than guilt. Beating yourself up doesn’t help. It is a one-day, one-moment at a time endeavor. So as I suggest others to have a vision board up, I need to look at mine more. It may be time to update it!

I have a dream of getting my message out to the world that there is hope and ways to become a thriver—to bloom and flourish in your life, even if you live with pain. For me, the more I flourish, the less pain I seem to have on a regular basis. When I do experience pain, it isn’t as bothersome as it used to be. That helps me to continue to make “good” choices. But I am human and there are times that I don’t take that walk, I go for the potato chips or the ice cream. That’s okay too.

pipin adviceThriving isn’t about being perfect. It is being alive and in each moment and knowing that I am doing my best (even when I am not following my own best advice).

The 5 steps from Ow to Wow are not linear or a one-time deal. So I learn, everyday, a little more about myself and about what works and doesn’t work to manage and treat pain. Asking for support is not easy. It brings up vulnerability. But one thing I have learned, I can’t do it alone. It is a paradox. It’s up to me but I can’t do it alone!

I get to take days off from being diligent. Days where I don’t take my own best advice. I get to learn from those days too. But as my dog Pippin says, “Take my advice, I’m not using it. But leave my toy!” Staying engaged with my toys makes my life better. For me that includes my dogs, my guitar, and reading.

If you are ready to check out thriving for yourself, check out the upcoming workshop: 5 steps from Ow to Wow