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‘Remembering The Dream’ ~ 3 Ways To Restore Wonder To Your Chronically Ill Heart

Let your thoughts drift back.  Remember a time in your childhood when you were happy.  Not necessarily in an overall sense, but to the moments of delight that still sprinkle your younger nostalgia.  What brought you joy and contentment?  Are those things still a part of who you are now?  Do you still find that pure wash of fulfillment over simple pleasures?

Even in the midst of those parts of my young life that were difficult, I can clearly remember the moments in time where I felt complete enjoyment over small and uncomplicated things:

~ Riding my bike to a wooded area where I could explore the leaves and running waters all by myself.

~Finding books that brought a love of reading to life, and gave me a thrill of anticipation for the next time I would be able to lose myself for hours in another world. {Thank you: C.S. Lewis/Madeleine L’Engle/Tove Jansson, ect.}

~Flying along on my ‘Big Wheel’, feeling the bump of every sidewalk seam and patch of gravel underneath me.

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Then the complications that come with getting older begin to layer over the child we were.  Life is hard, and if the element of disease and chronic illness are added to the equation, the pure wonders of the world can be buried beneath the mounds of ‘experience’.

But all is not lost!  With an effort of will, we can reclaim the simple joys we once knew.  The ‘child’ is still there. We cannot lose the parts of us that make up our whole.  Re-connecting in a healthy way with the simple things that once made us feel good can be an important part of our mental well-being.

3 ways to restore wonder to your chronically ill heart

3 Ways To Restore Wonder To Your Chronically Ill Heart

  1. Re-read a favorite book from your past, or watch a movie that particularly resonated with your young self.  Try to remember the how it made you feel, and just enjoy.
  2. If possible, re-visit the places that you had fun, or re-create a similar experience.  For instance, I cannot go back to the exact wooded area I used to explore, but I can take a quiet nature walk and remember.
  3. Visit the craft store!  Remember ‘Rinky Dinks’?  Go ahead and buy a kit. Make yourself something silly and fun!  Many people are going back to the self-soothing practice of  ‘coloring’, but with designs of complexity and beauty using adult coloring books.  Get online and buy a ‘Easy Bake Oven’.  Make a cake!  Whatever your ‘thing’ was, do it again!

Life is serious enough.  Sometimes the simple exercise of letting go of our ‘sophisticated’ grown up selves can re-connect us with a joy we thought was lost.  Plus, I always wanted a ‘Easy Bake’…now…I wonder if Amazon has any special sales going?…*

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 *UPDATE 5/15/2016: I bought an E-Z Bake oven! Those buggers are expensive, but I bought one on Craig’s List for $10. This summer ‘B’, ‘Z’, and I will be doing some serious treat making!

{Also, you do not have to buy the outrageously priced pre-made mixes for the oven. Go online and find recipes you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost! These ovens are no longer heated with a light bulb, but get to a temp. of 350 degrees! So, you can really bake in these things! Search engine: ‘Healthy recipes for Easy Bake Oven’ if you would like alternatives to making just sweet treats!}

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    Kim
    April 19 at 7:54 am

    Love this Kristine! Sometimes we feel like we’ve lost that creative, innocent self from our early years. I just bought my first adult coloring book yesterday! Can’t wait to start and relive a favorite childhood pastime.
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      kristine
      April 20 at 1:16 pm

      Awesome Kim!!! I keep passing by them in Costco, they are intriguing!! Thanks for stoppin’ and happy coloring 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    April 25 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Remembering The Dream’ ~ 3 Ways To Restore Wonder To Your Chronically Ill Heart with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.
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      kristine
      April 27 at 8:46 am

      Thank you Deborah! Have wonderful day 🙂

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    jenny
    April 27 at 2:31 am

    It amazes me how positive you are and stay and how encouraging you are to others with the same chronic illness. I wish my sister was as optimistic about living with it as you are. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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      kristine
      April 27 at 8:47 am

      Thank you Jenny, but I have my ‘times’. Living with chronic pain is not easy, writing about it can be easier. Have a great day 😉

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    Nikki
    May 2 at 4:57 pm

    One of my favorite parts of childhood was getting lost in a good book. We would go to the library every two weeks and I would bring home 20 books to read during that time. I still find joy in reading, but I need to take more time to do it. And I also remembered loving any kind of craft, I’m getting back into that a bit which really brings me joy. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement, we can all use a little time to stop and smell the roses, even if that means coloring one in an adult coloring book. Right?

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      kristine
      May 2 at 6:05 pm

      LOL! Right Nikki! And, OH THE LIBRARY!! I was just like that. I was lucky if I could haul all the books home on my bike that I had checked out!! (I still do this, without the bike though 😉 ) Have a wonderful week Nikki!

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    Sandra
    June 16 at 12:00 am

    I noticed that I can’t even look at pictures before the pain, fatigue, etc, . because I feel so sad and have even cried because I so want my life back!

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      kristine
      June 16 at 6:02 am

      So sorry Sandra. 🙁 Hang in there.

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