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On the suggestion of one of my friends, I signed up for this daily email called Notes from the Universe. The other day I got this note:
When something difficult or painful happens, Selena, always look to see what it makes possible that wouldn't have otherwise been possible.
Like a new adventure, a closer friendship, or chocolate in your peanut butter.
Everything makes you better,
O.K., so first I chuckled and then I thought. You know what? I actually came up with a list of things that are part of my life now because I became disabled by my chronic illnesses, thus proving the adage When one door closes, another opens. So here are my new open doors, courtesy of my life with chronic illness:
- Container gardening.
- Writing and blogging.
- Freedom from the demon 'multi-tasking.'
- Bird watching.
- Owning a dog.
- Turning a feral kitten into a house cat.
- Knifty (loom) knitting.
- Watching all the great programming on PBS.
- Enrolling in a writing class.
- Attending a book group.
It is with the benefit of time that I can see the new possibilities my difficult and painful new life with chronic illness has brought me. So thank you, Universe, for the new opportunities. Who knows how many more discoveries I will make!