I decided to steal a feature from my book blog for my CFS blog. Another book blogger, That Chick That Reads, recently started Quote It Saturdays, where you share a favorite quote from a book. I keep a journal of favorite quotes, so I've been enjoying this new feature, but I realized that some of the quotes I write down are specifically related (at least in my mind) to the unique challenges of living with a chronic illness. So, I thought I'd share those quotes here.
The first one is from a wonderful memoir I recently read. In this quote, the author was actually referring to a break-up with a long-time boyfriend, but I think this quote perfectly captures the key to surviving any major life challenge, including chronic illness. Here, her friend is comforting her:
Then, paraphrasing Swedenborg, she said, "There is nothing that happens out of which good cannot occur." I stood beside her car in the summer sun. Some lessons take their time to seep in, but this one struck suddenly and fully with the force of a revelation: what mattered was not what had gone wrong in my life, or even how horribly wrong it had gone, but that something had delivered me to a new shore, and now I had a choice about whether I would embrace the new land or stay right where I was, resenting the ferry that had carried me.
- Building a Home with My Husband by Rachel Simon
Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!