When you’re up, you’re up. When You’re down…. Well…

Everyone has those days that just feel like Monday on Repeat. If you don’t know what that means then you are fortunate enough not to have worked a full time job. Those who do know what I mean are all too familiar with the Monday blues. Worst when your Monday is everyone else’s Thursday, etc. If you’re not confused yet, your attention span is doing just fine today.

Feeling badly can happen for many reasons. At times it can just be the weather. For instance, my roommate has untreated depression. It’s been raining on and off for a week. Today it rained all day long, causing her to be especially moody. For people like me, who love rain, I’ve been enjoying it greatly. I have not been enjoying the effects it’s had on my body, but it’s done wonders for my mood. So we have two different people, both who suffer from depression, who are action differently to the same weather. Why? Because every Body is different.

The same is very true of Lupus patients. As you may have figured out by now, or maybe you have come to slowly catch on to the fact, there is no one size treats them all program. Each one of us is going to have a different set of rules and pills they have to follow. Seems strange, right? It’s the same illness, but not the same persons. Which is why you may not be dealing with the massive chest pressure and pains that I’ve had lately. But you may be sitting in the hospital hooked up to tubes monitors. If you are, I just want to assure you we love you and our prayers are with you.

For those of you having a GREAT day, I know part of that is because some of you CHOSE to have a great day. Which is really what I wanted to point toward. Have you ever woken up on purpose? No, your alarm being set does not count. I mean facing the day with the joy of knowing you GET to get up and face all of it on purpose because you WANT to do so. Not because you had to. To decide to do it and to do so just because you are expected to are different things.

The same can be said for joy. Be happy on purpose! Smile for 30 seconds next time you are down. Seriously, try it. Smile big and cheesy like a camera is pointed at you and your favorite person is holding the camera. 30 seconds is all it takes for your brain to send endorphins through your system along with other chemicals that create and stimulate happiness. It’s true. My niece was fairly miserable and I dared her to do this. She got mad because after doing it she was laughing, even though she was determined to be unhappy and upset. She still could not stop smiling. She would try over and over again to prove me wrong, each time failing.

Why? Because your brain wants to be happy. You want to be happy. It is our nature to be happy. It’s why we have a list of things we like and things we don’t like. It’s why even as a child we instinctively know what to stay away from. It is the very reason my mom would have to run after me on family trips to the beach, in fear I would drown as I ran toward the waves. To this day I love being around water, especially the ocean. It makes me happy.

What makes you happy? Put aside all the things that you feel stressed about or that is bothering you, including pain. Think about what you enjoy. I want you to focus on those things. Life is too short for you to keep track of the negative when there are far to many good things all around you. If you actually think for a moment that life has nothing left for you, then you are not trying hard enough. I want you to say your favorite things out loud.

GIVE IN TO JOY! Take part in what you really love and enjoy in life. Remember that there is more joy in giving than in receiving. I have a neighbor with MS. She has a teenage son. She is mostly stuck at home alone with her son all day. No real energy to do anything or go see anyone. Barley anyone comes to see her. She loves her son, and she loves the bible. She focuses on those things. She encourages her son to enjoy his time and to not stress about her or the future. It’s her attitude that keeps her going. We share scriptures, mom sends her over Vegan Meals, and we keep each other in prayer.

Life is more than what you are given. Be happy for what you have, but remember to share it with those who don’t have.  Go be happy on purpose.


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