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Accept Yourself As You Are

Accept Yourself As You Are

“Accept Yourself As You Are” by Joan Y. Edwards

From June 19, 2020 to July 3, 2020 my husband, Carl, was in the hospital. He is now in rehab. He had a severe infection in half of his colon which caused his blood pressure to drop dangerously low.  He fell and I called 911. They took him to emergency room and put him in ICU for 2 days. They cleared up the infection with anti-biotics. No surgery needed. Thank you, God. Then neuropathy set in and still low blood pressure. They gave him medicine to build blood pressure and to keep neuropathy away.

Why am I writing this post? To remind you to love and accept yourself as you are right this moment. Every day of your life, it is vitally important to accept yourself with all your frailties, imperfections, all the things you are capable of doing, and all the things you are not able to do because of things out of your control.

There are certain times in your life it may seem like you are powerless. I felt that way many times during the past two weeks and three days. You want to make people feel better and cure their ailments, especially those you love.  However, God is in charge of that. He puts all the people and resources in your life and the life of those you love to give them everything they need at this moment.

Prayer is very powerful. Many people prayed and asked God to heal Carl.  His infection is gone. He didn’t need surgery. He is in a great skilled nursing facility with  physical therapy and occupational therapy. Thank you, God. Thank you to all those who prayed for Carl.

What I had to accept: That the resources were not available at this time to give Carl the help he needs to get better at home. That God wanted Carl to be in the skilled nursing facility where he has people and resources to help heal him.

I also reminded Carl to love himself as he is. I told him everyone goes through times in their lives when their bodies aren’t doing what they want. I told him that everyone has to remind themselves to love themselves as they are each day of their lives.  To say to themselves, I am getting better every day.

I love myself as I am right now.
I can do everything that God wants me to do right now.
I am good.
I am safe.
I am getting better each day.
God loves me very much.

COVID 19 added much stress but thank goodness, things are in place to better protect employees, visitors, and patients in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Thank you, God, for all these employees who take risks every day to help others.

Say to yourself:

I love myself as I am right now.
I can do everything that God wants me to do right now.
I am good.
I am safe and well.
God loves me very much.

There are many other great hints that I learned from caring for my Mother to help you care for yourself and for your elder in my book, Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive

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Keep on Going. You Can Do It.


“Keep on Going. You Can Do It.” by Joan Y. Edwards

Sometimes you may feel on top of the world. Those are great days. Some days you may not be feeling your best.  You may be sad. Here are a few thoughts to help put you on top of your world. During the last month I have felt so blessed. There are days I’ve gone around singing: “God, you are so good. Thank you. I am so blessed. Thank you.”

Here are a few quotes I found that I believe will help you climb up on top of your world!

Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!
Steve Maraboli

If you don’t think every day is a great day try going without one.
Jim Evans

Every morning, my dad would have me looking in the mirror and repeat, ‘Today is going to be a great day; I can, and I will.’
Gina Rodriguez

How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn’t a God directing?
Maureen O’Hara

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.
John Wooden

On the recollection of so many and great favours and blessings, I now, with a high sense of gratitude, presume to offer up my sincere thanks to the Almighty, the Creator and Preserver.
William Bartram

Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you from getting where you want to be.
Jennifer Hudson

When you like something and you’re pretty good at it and you can make a living doing it, you don’t ask why. You just count your blessings and go with it.
Harlan Coben

I love the novel because it’s like a love affair. You can just fall into it and keep going, and you never know where it’s going to take you.
Daniel Alarcon

Fall in love with yourself. Instead of saying, “You stupid oaf,” take a deep breath and say “I love you.”
Joan Y. Edwards

In 2014, I worked on the edits for Joan’s Elder Care Guide. It was an enlightening experience filled with much the same thing as in the quote by Daniel Alarcon about reading a novel. I just fell into it and kept going, and I never knew where the edit was going to take me. I knew that God was leading me. At times, I got very discouraged, but I knew ultimately that this book was going to help many people, so I kept on going.

Sometimes in your life, you take time to help others. Friends or family…your spouse, parents, and/or children. In all of this, remember to take care of you. Yes, the others are important. However, if you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anyone.

Be sure to take time for you personally. Not only for your writing or your job, whatever that is, but take time to relax. Time to eat your favorite foods. Time to do your favorite things alone, or with your family and friends. Take time to live. I believe that each of us has only one lifetime. Live each day as best you can. If you can’t muster up a smile today. It’s okay. Love yourself. Accept yourself as you are right now. You’ll feel better tomorrow. Whatever is facing you, you’ll live through it. Believe in you.

Please leave a comment telling me what keeps you going in tough times. What activities help you fall in love with “you.”

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