Real talk: I am not at all where I wanted to be at this point in my life. I have met very few of the typical "adulting" milestones. Some of that has to do with the path I've chosen to walk. But even among my fellow travelers on that path, my illness has set me back. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ
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Ooohh... did you catch that language? What does the phrase "setback" evoke in you? Shame? Failure? Regret? Even when we try to tone it down by adding the word "minor" in front of it, it's loaded with peace-killing negativity. How can I rephrase that in a way that doesn't cast any kind of moral implication on my situation? ๐Ÿคจ
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Being sick is not a crime. Moving through life a bit slower and more carefully does not diminish your worth as a human. Getting less done in a day does not make you lazy or useless. ๐Ÿšซ
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I like the way @thechroniccommunity phrases it here: Chronic illness has *put me in a different place.* You can't get much more neutral than that! It's not a bad place. It's not a wrong place. It's not a backwards place. It's just a different place. And you can still pursue joy and peace and passion and make an impact from that place. In fact, what a uniquely beautiful perspective you bring to the table as a result of being in that place! โœจ
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Words matter. Choose ones that are accurate and that don't set you up to feel defeated before you start. What beautiful, unique thing are you bringing to the table from your place? If you don't know how to answer that question, follow the link in my bio and sign up for a free strategy session. Let's get this figured out for you! ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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