Monday, May 2, 2016

I Still Get to Eat Cadbury Eggs!

I Still Get to Eat Cadbury Creme Eggs!!

Being diagnosed with Celiac Disease three weeks before the launch of my book was both a relief, and one more thing to add to my balance scales, but I’ve learned a couple powerful lessons the past couple months that I probably wouldn’t have appreciated any other way.

It was a relief finally to have a name to my lifelong tummy trouble and a game plan how to help. But at first, as I scoured the internet in search of what Celiac actually is and how to deal with this new diagnosis, I felt overwhelmed and frustrated that I had one more thing to worry about in my hectic life right now—until my husband put it in the right perspective. “Kelly, you’ve had this your whole life, the only difference is now you know, and you know what to do about it. It’s actually a good thing. Look at the positive.”

Look at the positive. Hmmm. (This is coming from my naturally pessimistic husband.)

Positive number one: Cadbury Crème Eggs are Gluten Free!!!
I think I’ll survive now.

Seriously though, he taught me a great lesson. Hard times, bad days, and bitter disappointments are all a fact of life. Whining and complaining about them won’t make them go away, it just makes them harder to deal with. We can’t always change our circumstances but we can change our attitude and how we deal with what happens to us.

The second powerful lesson I learned this month: Be patient with yourself. God is patient with us which means we should be patient with ourselves. We will screw up, we will fall down, we will miss the “bus” sometimes, that’s just another fact of life. But instead of beating yourself up for your every mistake or mishap, get up, dust yourself off and say “well that sucked, but I’m all good—God still loves me” and resolve to do better tomorrow than you did today. Wallowing in our mistakes is the quickest way to make more.

Of course I still whine, complain, and screw up despite lessons learned. I’m human. But I’m trying harder to find the positive lesson among the trial, the light—no matter how dim—in the darkness, and the hope for tomorrow—a new day that is “fresh with no mistakes in it”…yet.

I hope you can too:)


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