I’ve been thinking a lot about holidays lately. For most of my life holidays have been about being with family, eating special food, and doing fun things…none of which I’m able to do in my current state. Which is why I often have to fight depression on holidays (as do most people with E.I.).
I just finished reading Leviticus and I was struck by the description of the Jewish ‘holidays’. I discovered that they all have 2 things in common – 1) the people were not to work and 2) they were to bring an offering to God.
We Americans are pretty good at the not working part, but, speaking for myself, I know I’ve been lacking in the bringing an offering to God part.
So this Thanksgiving, since I couldn’t be with family, and I couldn’t eat any special food, and I couldn’t do anything fun…I decided to “celebrate” by bringing an offering to God – a “complaint-free” day. No grumbling, self-pity, or negative thoughts. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but, praise the Lord, He helped me do it! And I can honestly say I think it was the best Thanksgiving I’ve had in a long time. =)
This new perspective on ‘holidays’ is something I hope to keep for the rest of my life, whether healthy or sick.
So yes, sometimes there is an up side to living with E.I. =)