Chronic Voice Link-up: Revealing a New Attitude for a New Year

Hello and welcome, 2021! Today marks the beginning of a new working year for many people, while others will have worked all through the Christmas holidays, not least our teachers here in the UK.

BEGINNING

We may face the beginning of another nationwide lockdown, although our government is resisting for now. All schools in London are closed, along with many more in the South of England, some parts of the North, in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Our local secondary schools are closed, and students will study from home for a few weeks. Primary schools were instructed to stay open, however. I have sent my children to school with mild anxiety. They need to be in school with their friends. But since we are now in Tier 4 in Cheshire, I wonder if it should be open when everything else is closed apart from what is deemed essential?

SYMBOLISING

Last week I took pleasure in taking down our Christmas decorations and cleaning the house, at least downstairs. It is a symbolic ritual for me, cleaning out the old to make way for the new, and I did it on New Year’s Eve, leaving only the lights up for one final night. My home feels refreshed and cosy, and it makes for a nice working space as we move on into a new year but still with the old challenges. I used my Californian White Sage smudge stick to cleanse the air in the house, I opened windows to allow in fresh air, and I lit candles in a symbolic ritual of cleansing and healing.

ENDURING

My chronic pain condition kept me busy throughout Christmas. One day I would be fine, the next I could barely open my eyes. This I fear will be an enduring issue throughout 2021, as I battle the NHS gatekeepers and try to seek an audience with the doctor I requested to see when I transferred from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to Mid Cheshire Hospitals. I knew that Manchester would not be calling me back for a routine check-up due to Covid-19, and I knew that I would need help from the doctors at some point. Unfortunately, I saw a doctor in December who totally dismissed my concerns, refused to engage with me as I tried to explain about my rare genetic disease, and now I prepare to battle the authorities once more. Wish me luck!

REVEALING

The events of the past twelve months have been very revealing in my life. They uncovered behavioural patterns in people I was close to that I found quite unpleasant. I think it was partly due to my Reiki healing journey, but at some point, last year I woke up. I saw these people for what they were, and I didn’t like what I saw. So, I stepped away. And while I cannot remove them from my life completely, nor do I want to, I am focusing on me and what I want, rather than what they would like me to do to make their lives easier.

GRACING

As we face the prospect of another lockdown, I am fed-up that I won’t be allowed to practice my hands-on healing Reiki business for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t mean I will sit idle, however. There are lots of people who need help from a distance, and I can do this with the power of distance energy healing. I will gracefully accept the restrictions placed upon me by government and find ways to work around it. I cannot change the decisions that have been made, but I can make peace with them.

Chronic Voice Link-Up

I joined the social network for A Chronic Voice because I needed to find people who understand what life is like with chronic illness, people like me. Today I have written a post using the January link-up prompts, to show my experience of living with a chronic pain disorder. Click here to find other blog posts from fellow chronic pain sufferers, or #spoonies as we call ourselves online.

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5 Responses to Chronic Voice Link-up: Revealing a New Attitude for a New Year

  1. RaisieBay says:

    It’s so difficult getting doctors to listen when things are not so straightforward, I have a great neuro consultant but whenever I’ve ended up in A&E or had to see my GP I can see them metaphorically scratching their heads as they have no idea what to do. Good luck with the distance Reiki, I connect with a lady who already does this and I find it helpful. Happy New Year!

  2. Louise says:

    Hi! I really enjoyed reading your post. 🙂 I hope you can get to see someone regarding your condition and get some answers. I have an ongoing issue that is undiagnosed and I find it very frustrating and emotionally draining at times to get answers – the current pandemic makes it even more difficult. I hope your Reiki business goes well too – it’s good you are turning a negative situation into a positive. I guess that’s all we can do at the moment! Happy New Year and lets hope for a more positive 2021.
    Louise x

  3. rhiannlouise says:

    Helo again Catherine, sorry to hear of your continued difficulties with your eyes and I hope you can see someone soon. The uncertainty surrounding it all must be such a challenge; I know that it is one of the most difficult aspects of living with chronic illness from my own experiences. The pandemic making this much more difficult too, especially with the lack of hospital appointments Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2021!

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