2 Simple Tips When You are Feeling a Down Turn

I have been struggling with inspiration lately.  I am not eliminating the possibility that it comes at the same time that I have been experiencing a slight down turn in my health and mentality.  I have this “dips” occasionally as I ride the MS roller coaster.

I have only had this happen one other time back in February.  Instead of fight against it and force things, I have decided to take the Taoist approach and let the river waters wash me down stream and see what happens.  Too many times in life we fight, kick and scream as life drags us in the direction that life is headed.

images (1)I have been concerned lately with the pain in my hips.  A few years ago my neurologist put me on an aggressive round of solumedrol.  It followed an aggressive dose 6 months prior.  If you know anything about this evil steroid you know that too much of it can result in restricted blood flow to the hips, leaving the recipient in need of hip replacement surgery.

I wouldn’t be so concerned except the pain is waking me up at night.  I remember my shoulder doing the same thing and was remedied by surgery in 2009.  I don’t want to have surgery as it will cut it to our charity work and that is very important to me.

Through this ordeal I am seeing how important it is to give.  I cannot encourage you more to get outside of your corner of the world and find a way to give your time to change lives.

Sometimes it feels as though I am talking to no one and nobody is listening.  The only way we are going to change this world is by helping others.  The only way you are going to find fulfillment is through becoming a servant.  Humble yourself.

I have a friend of mine Katherine that I met through blogging.  We email back and forth a couple of times each month and it is nice to read of her progress as she lives her life cancer free!!  (hello Katherine!!).  She has helped me become a better blogger and gain better perspective as I learn and find my voice.  She reminded me this week of the importance of personal growth.

As we get older we become set in patterns.  We do the same things and rarely take on new experiences.  This limits our joy.  If you are experiencing and down turn in life I encourage you to do 2 things

  1. Take on a new activity.  It could be as simple as going to the park 3 times each week to walk.  Or it could be taking on a new hobby.  Whatever it is force yourself into a new life experience.
  2. Find an organization to go donate your time.  Working with people less fortunate will open your eyes, I promise.

In the end, life is about you leaving a mark.   What legacy will you leave behind?  What example are you setting for your family, kids, friends?

Just a thought for a Monday morning…


20 thoughts on “2 Simple Tips When You are Feeling a Down Turn

  1. I struggle with time. When my day is not filled with activities I find myself zoning out. I like the thought of allowing the river of life to take over as long as there are not dramatic drop offs or sharp rocks along the way.

  2. Thank you, Daniel. I fought cancer this last year, and I understand about wicked steroids . . . I like what you have to say about sometimes having to let the river waters wash over us. And I think your advice about personal growth and taking on new activities is spot on.

  3. Danny, just gone done reading your very honest and open post dealing with human frailties and the comments made. I can only imagine what you go through on a daily basis, I read several Blogs, yours and one other that I can think of fosters concepts of shining rays of hope and inspiration while dealing with certain human frailties that can dampen our spirits, depression, and mental cloudiness to name a few, The toughest part is acceptance of our conditions while releasing the associated anger.
    “As we get older we become set in patterns. We do the same things and rarely take on new experiences” is a very true statement for at times we do get stuck in those ruts as though our feet were in quicksand slowly dragging us down. Some of us may have seen our own parents do this with the daily activities that became a routine, one branch expanding out during the lifespan but with no forks expanding horizons.
    “Too many times in life we fight, kick and scream as life drags us in the direction that life is headed” This is another true statement for the more we struggle the tougher it gets, one analogy is the more we fight; the tighter the noose gets, we should be like a reed that bends in the wind by not forcing it allowing ourselves to flow back and forth as the river takes us down for eventually we will see the light leading to the door of greater opportunities.

    1. Great comment. Michael I love the imagery of the reed bending in the wind, allowing for flow. I think i am going to spend time today rereading the I Ching. The Taoist approach is very fluid.

  4. Danny
    I’m sorry you are not keeping well. You are so right – the more we give of ourselves, the more we get.
    Can’t you make do without Solumedrol ?
    Norman Vincent Peale says positive imaging can bring on healing.
    With prayers,

  5. So sorry hear you’re lacking in the inspiration department. I wonder what is up because I am right there with you. Of course it’s for different reasons but when the mind and body go against what you need them to do, the result is not very pleasant. Sending you support, healing and a warn enveloping ray of Sunshine 😉

    1. Thank you so much Kim! My body isn’t cooperating these days which makes my days a little more difficult. Hopefully the cool fall temps will be just what the dr ordered. Thanks!

  6. I like the idea of trying a new activity and reaching out to touch lives. I am also reminded to stop fighting the roller coaster of life instead I should count my blessings and learn a few things. I’m sorry about the pain in your hips. I wish you good health. May you find healing and more joys.

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