It’s importance cannot be understated. Why is that? What is it about human beings that makes the connection of relationship vital to our mental and physical well being? One strand is weak, but add another and it becomes harder to break. Add one more, and it becomes almost impossible to tear in two. Even in the most introverted of personalities, there is still a need for meaningful contact with another person. One may not need many friends and acquaintances, but neither can they thrive ‘alone’ without intimacy outside of themselves.
When I was speaking with someone recently about the ‘positive’ things I have gleaned from having a chronic illness, the subject of ‘community’ came up. Through writing about FMS/CFS, and social networking with those who suffer with chronic illness, I have connected directly and indirectly with some wonderful people. Those who share their battles and victories over the immense and minor struggles of the day to day create within me a sense of belonging. There is a feeling of inclusion that makes my own daily campaign with health easier to bear. The strange paradoxical fact that it helps when another is sharing in and understands your trials is something I can’t explain. Why should it be that when someone else is experiencing the same pain as me it makes the load easier to carry? Perhaps it goes back to the strands; one is weak, two is stronger, three or more becomes indestructible.
It may be too much to ask of a person to be ‘thankful’ for their illness, but there are things within to be grateful for. One of these is the companionship of those traveling the road alongside you. ‘Alone’, but not ‘lonely’.
Recipe Of The Week
~Slow Cooker Fresh Peach Butter~
~1-1/2 lbs fresh peaches
~1/4 cup raw organic honey
~1/2 tsp sea salt
~2 tsp apple pie spice
Take pit out of peaches and cut into pieces (do not peel). Pulse in food processor until smooth but not liquid. Add honey, salt, and spice. Cook on low in slow cooker with lid propped open so butter thickens. Approx 2-4 hrs.
adapted from The Prairie Homestead