One of my subscribers, Cathy G, was kind enough to send me links to writer, Wendy Thomas, who is also a Lyme caregiver.  She writes about how she uses writing as her therapy when Lyme takes over her world.   If you are interested in dealing with Lyme Disease, she’s started a blog for chronic Lyme.

Writing As a Form of Therapy

June 11, 2012 by Wendy E. N. Thomas

Sometimes it stinks being a writer. You can’t take a day off (well, of course, in reality you can, but you won’t get paid) and you have to write your articles even if you don’t feel like writing.

I recently felt that way. I didn’t feel like writing – so I relied on my favorite form of personal therapy when things are not going the way I had hoped.  >> Continue reading

I woke up this morning trying to think of some way to keep my writing mojo running strong.  (Mojo, in case you don’t know, is your magic power, your secret strength, your super power.)  I love to write.  I do it every day.  If you were to get an email from me is would be more like a short novel.  When the words start flowing they don’t want to stop.  I love words. Read the rest of this entry »

I did a guest blog for Cee today, giving a review of a  great book, “You Don’t LOOK Sick; Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness”.   In it, Joy Selak describes her journey with chronic illness, writing her stories so that all of us can find a common link and benefit from her experiences.  She co-authors the book with her rheumatologist, Dr. Steven Overman, who contributes his own experiences and knowledge.  Together, they create a practical and human guide to living well despite your illness. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Friends,

I haven’t posted for three weeks, and I’d like to catch you up on what has been happening in my life.  I’ve spent the time exploring the meaning of my life.  It was been an exciting , exhilarating, at times tear-filled journey.

As some of you know, my partner Cee started back to school and is following a dream of hers.  She’s a remarkable person who has almost died twice of multiple organ failure while battling chronic Lyme Disease.  I’ve watched her come back after a long coma that left her barely able to move.  I’ve seen her Read the rest of this entry »

It’s time for Share Your World.  You can find directions to the challenge here.

This week’s questions:

  1. You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?
  2. If you could inherit a vacation home anywhere in the world in which you could spend two months a year, where would it be?
  3. If you were instantly able to play one musical instrument perfectly that you never have played before, what would it be?
  4. Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

Here are my answers:

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Have You Mattered?

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I’ve been watching a series of videos the last couple of days, videos that are making me think a lot about my life and what I want to do with it.  I’ll be sharing more about this in the next few days and give you a link to the videos.  But for today, I wanted to talk about one of the questions that has been going though my head… Have you mattered today?  Have you made a difference in this world?

I haven’t done anything extraordinary today.  I haven’t pulled someone from a burning building.  I haven’t secretly paid off anyone’s medical bills.  I haven’t arrested a child molester.  I haven’t cured cancer, invented micro loans or brokered world peace.  So how have I mattered?  How have I made a difference in this world?

  • I took Cee out to breakfast at a new restaurant a friend of ours just opened.  I supported my friend not only with my money, but by stopping and chatting with her a few minutes to let her know she had our emotional support as well.
  • I went to the market to do our weekly grocery shopping and smiled at every stranger I saw.  A smile is free and you always have one with you.  I brightened up a lot of people’s day.
  • I said “excuse me” every time I had to walk in front of someone in the market.  Most people don’t pay attention but every now and then I see someone smile because they, too, believe in ordinary civility.  It takes so little to use the magic words of “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me” but all too few of us seem to do it any more.
  • I brought my old bags back and used them again, recycling them to keep them out of the landfill.
  • I wrote a letter to two friends whose mother had died not long ago, letting them know I was thinking of them on Mother’s Day, knowing that it will make their grief more painful.  On Friday I contacted two people I worked with who are grieving their mothers.
  • I mentally thought of, held and prayed for the children in my grief support groups who are spending Mother’s Day without their mothers.  I know how hard this day will be for them.
  • I bought some flowers to put in my front yard.  I hope they’ll make people smile.
  • I wrote this message to you, knowing it will make you smile and make you think about all the little ways you make a difference in this world.

I hope you’ll add your comments to my list by making a difference in your world today.

Many blessings!

Chris

You have stories to tell, stories about those special moments in your life, the times that defined you.  But how do you tell them?  Marion Roach Smith gives you the guidelines you need in “The Memoir Project”.  I’m enjoying this book not only because I love memoirs but because there are great hints for the craft of writing.

I am convinced that everyone has a story inside of them.  A fascinating story.  We are all unique.  We’ve had things that have happened to us that formed us.  “The Memoir Project” interests me not only as a writer, but also as a person who is deeply intrigued with what makes each of us special.  But don’t let me sell you.  Listen to the author and let her entice you.  Listen to an interview with her on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio show,  watch a video as she talks about her book.

Marion Roach Smith emphasizes that you should write the lessons you’ve learned with each experience you choose to relate.  Let that be the centerpiece of your work, not merely the tale itself. Her advice works for something as simple as a few paragraphs to go in your family scrapbook, for your blog, or for a full sized book.

She’s a wonderful teacher who laughs easily and has great advice.  I hope you enjoy her.

Blessings!