I am so very thankful that our culture has become aware of, no longer hides from speaking of, so many issues that were still taboo 20 years back -life's detours like all forms of grief, fertility issues, health struggles (both seen and unseen). We have come far and have much farther yet to go. Many would still rather these issues not even exist. Actually, we who live them really would prefer that too! (But since we don't have that option, open dialog is so healing.)
Today I'm just WEARY of awareness. Here are my thoughts...
To name just a very few, I know May to be Stroke Awareness Month (wear red for heart health that's often connected with stroke), Brain Injury Awareness Month (oops, that March, the other M month!), Mental Health Month, (See a brain theme going on here? Good think it's Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week!) and EDS Awareness. Today, May 12, is a day near and dear to me personally, since long before my (unrelated) strokes, International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND), including illnesses such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Today I'm wearing purple for Fibromyalgia awareness.
As an author, I like that this is also Share A Story Month over in the UK. And though I'm wheat-free (don't forget Celiac Disease Awareness week!) so won't be participating, we are also in the midst of National Doughnut Week overseas as well. After you have enjoyed your doughnuts for breakfast, you must also observe British Sandwich Week for lunch! (I guess it was planned well, in the midst of National Walking Month.)
Anaphylaxis Awareness Day (link is from last year, thus the difference in calandar days), falling in the midst of Food Allergy Action Month (wear teal!) and Food Allergy Awareness Week. As an Epi-Pen carrier (though my allergies include several foods, it is latex that my greatest cause for concern) these are also critically important issues to me.
this list. I wish I had known May 1 was World Laughter Day, that sounds like a good one, not all the yoga stuff, but the reality that the joy of the Lord is my strength, that a happy heart is good medicine! Today is International Nurses Day - I totally get behind that one. Thank you to all the nurses who have made a difference in my life! Susan and Kendra, sorry I missed Military Spouse Day yesterday! Thank you for the sacrifices your families make for our freedom.
All this awareness is generally a good thing, I think. It is good to be validated in our struggles. It is good to better understand what our friends face. But really, it can all get a little much sometimes! Sometimes information overload just gives us about 20-billion too many things to worry about.
Tee, did you know that the 23rd of this month will be World Turtle Day? (Hmm, I need to look for bears and butterflies. But we have special days too!) And don't forget, two days later is the ever-important Towel Day? I would have to say Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, wins the prize though! (And boy am I thankful that, even if it took two surgeries, 7 years apart, to properly finish the job, this is a date I no longer personally must observe the whole monthly pain and mess thing! Maybe we should have, I'll take that back because it probably already exists, a hysterectomy grief observance day - for as thankful as I am for the physical relief, the grief of closing the chapter of life tied to biological creation of life is profound for many of us!)
So what do all these ramblings lead to? A profound realization that as aware as I strive to be about the lives around me, as sensitive as I want to be towards another's pain, I can never fully keep up. I have friends fighting human trafficking, pro-life causes, various forms of political involvement, health issues such as MS, severe dystopia, three extended family members with various seizure conditions, more with serious migraine issues, lots of author friends striving to launch books on a myriad of topics, and more! Of course chiropractic reform to prevent future manipulation-induced strokes, infertility support, grief care after child loss (put on figurative "sackcloth" to represent mourning), these will always be huge passions in my heart! I could run myself ragged fighting battles near and dear, but it will never be enough.
This I know. There is only one me. God created me and kept me here for His purpose. I can care about many things. I can love on people, be involved in all kinds of awareness issues to the extent He leads me, but I must continually seek Him to be sure I am on the path He has called me to pursue. Chasing after every good cause on my heart will just exhaust me and likely bring about little change for all my efforts.
Seasons change and the unique situations God places before me may look different one day, one year, from the next. The fantastic news is my God never changes.
There are many great causes to take on. I've only barely scratched the surface of possibilities!
It is easy to feel frustrated when I try and try to bring about change in some area and nothing significant is happening.
It is only through much prayer, and the reading of God's Word (Bible), that I can determine what God wants me focused on today.
When God opens a door, sometimes one of many I've been pushing and trying to open for a very long time, sometimes one I had not even thought to try, His guidance is abundantly clear.
Today I seek profound awareness of His hand guiding my life, His wisdom guiding my choices. I care about so many things! I cast my cares upon the Lord and ask His clear direction.
What "color" shall I wear?
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8