Often it is the simple things we forget to remember. As a Lupus patient, one of the symptoms can be "lupus fog", the common term used to describe everything from forgetfulness and memory loss to more severe cognitive dysfunction. Recently, I came up with a "Lupus Style" way of dealing with my forgetfulness, I starting using the phrase "I fog-got" - not blaming the fog, just explaining it with flair.
Memo reminders are helpful tools. I have created a bulletin board full of "instructions" for daily life. I have posted a few of my bulletin board instructions here. It was Lewis Carroll who said "Begin at the beginning and go on till you reach the end; then stop." This is a gentle, yet clear, reminder to finish what you start. I would post this reminder on a tree near the start of a hiking trail that weaves through the woods and leads to a lake -- much like the one featured in the picture behind the quote.
The statement above the Lewis Carroll quote is taken from a greeting card that I bought shortly before my 25th birthday as a type of birthday present. It says "everything is evolving at exactly the right time - relax and enjoy the adventure." This quote, much like my mantra from Shakti Gawain, is a nudge to slow down; don't rush the process and savor the journey. I think this statement would look lovely on the door of a yoga studio-- it says "goodbye" with a smile.
The next proclamation comes from a card I received at a SARK workshop. http://planetsark.com/ After a meditation, the workshop participants were told to inhale and exhale slowly and then to shut our eyes. SARK walked around the circle of assembled women and when it came to be my turn to select a card, I did. This circular card was- and is - still impactful and guides me through life. "Every situation is an opportunity for growth and healing" if all it takes is setting intention to create postivity, why not believe that every possible situation is one that provides us a chance to grow and expand our wellness. I would post this card in the e-mailboxes of any newly diagnosed Lupus patients.
Thomas Jefferson accomplished much during his life, including authoring many memorable quotes. This quote is part of a much larger Vision Board that I created more than two years ago. A Vision Board is a huge collage of inspiring and empowering images and imapctful quotations on a poster board; yet this quote pops out. It stands out. It reminds me to stand fast, stand strong. Do what is right, stand for truth and justice. "In matters of style, swim the current; in matters of principal, stand like a rock." I would love to post this quote on the wall of Anna Wintour.
These are a few things I put out and in my line of sight so I will not forget them. The forgotten things are the ones to remember. With use, patience and practice, these are coping skills a Lupus patient can use. I have become obsessed with this quote, with all of the functionality it is a pleasure to share. Much like an orchid that requires lots of TLC and then hits a striving point, I appreciate and will happily share any links or treatments which have worked for me.
Today's prompt for WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge... The Things We Forget. Visit http://thingsweforget.blogspot.com/ and make your own version of a short memo reminder. Where would you post it?