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Finding Silver Linings: 6 Key Lessons From Getting Sick

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6 Key Lessons From Getting Sick

Sometimes, it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways. 
-Proverbs 20:30

Have you ever gotten so sick that it forced you to hit the pause button on life? While getting sick is no fun, offer valuable life lessons we might have missed. A wake-up call. This is precisely what happened to me recently. Here are 6 key takeaways from my experience that resonate with you.

1. The Power of the Pause

I was running myself ragged. Chasing clients, burning the candle at both ends – I neglected the most important thing: my well-being. Getting sick was my body's way of saying, "Slow down!" It was a much-needed reminder to take a break, breathe, and trust that things would work out.

2. Health is Indeed Wealth

Being sick forced me to put everything on hold, and while it was initially frustrating, it also offered valuable perspective. The money I earned paled compared to the cost of regaining my health. This experience solidified the importance of prioritizing our well-being – good health is the foundation for everything else in life.

3. The Value of Connection

I consider myself a happy introvert, cherishing my alone time. However, being sick was a powerful reminder that we all need connection. The support and care I received during this challenging time were invaluable. It highlighted the importance of fostering strong relationships and appreciating the people who have our backs.


4. The Importance of Humility

Sickness strips us of our sense of control and forces us to be humble. I was forced to ask for help, a humbling reminder that we can't do everything alone. It's okay to lean on others and seek support when needed.

5. Cultivating Empathy

Before getting sick, I'd always offer well wishes to those who were unwell. However, experiencing illness firsthand amplified my empathy for others in similar situations. It fostered a deeper understanding of their challenges and the importance of genuine support.

6. Gratitude for the Simple Things

Sickness can make us appreciate the simple things we often take for granted. During my recovery, I felt a surge of gratitude for things like waking up without discomfort, having a supportive family, and enjoying a job I love. These everyday blessings are genuinely worth cherishing.

Key Lessons From Getting Sick

Getting sick is certainly not ideal, but it can sometimes be a catalyst for positive change. These life lessons learned from illness have helped me appreciate life more deeply, prioritize my well-being, and cultivate stronger connections.

Your Turn

What about you? Have you ever had an experience that forced you to slow down and re-evaluate your priorities? Share your insights in the comments below.

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  1. You hit it right on Lux. All of these points are so right. And I'm glad you're feeling better. Our health is important to be able to enjoy life. Take gentle care of you and stay well.

  2. Getting sick ca sure teach you what is worth while and what isn't. And how you can make due, even with one handed typing at one's zoo lol

  3. Glad you're ok now. Take care and yes, give thanks and praise for each day that we are well. I cannot imagine growing old and sickly - that would be really miserable.

  4. Hi, Lux!

    This is a great post, dear friend around the world. Health is indeed more precious than wealth and, if you have family, you have everything. Learn to heed your body's warning signals telling you that you are pushing it too hard. Slow down, keep it reasonable and you will avoid a crash. An illness forces us to slow down, brings our lives back into focus, puts things in proper perspective and allows us to get our priorities back in order. I don't like to work hard, but I love to play hard. The trick is to turn all work into play because, when you are having fun, your body produces beneficial endorphins. These are a few of the principles I have learned along the way.

  5. Very good thoughts and true post. Being sick is such a helpless feeling and we come to appreciate our friends and family.

  6. I wish I could utilize my time as wisely as you ;-)

  7. so true and soo so important lux<3


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  8. I am glad you are feeling better, and it's so good that you decided to go to the clinic after all. I think there is a lot to learn from being sick. Humility is a hard thing to learn, but I can understand how being in that position may have helped you achieve it.

  9. I'm glad you're feeling better. Health is indeed a valuable thing. Your thoughts are wonderful.

  10. Sickness seems to be part of life. I'm not sure if it's the bodies way of saying stop and rest or it's something else. I do know how grateful I am when I'm well again. Glad you're well.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  11. I do hope you are feeling much better, Lux! And I really appreciate this post. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Hi Lux. I hope you're recovering well :) Take a break and get some much needed 'me time' :)

  13. Hope you are feeling better. It is wise to listen to our body, to rest when our body is showing sign of fatigue. Good, healthy life is about striking a balance in everything. Great tips. Have a good day!

  14. Great post, I am happy that you feel better

  15. Sooooo nice! I love it so much!


  16. Such an amazing post!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Mónica Sors

  17. You know what? I have been pushing myself too. This thing about working all the time in front of the laptop and staring at the smartphone are the worst killers. I fear, I do fear falling sick, not that I am in early 50's and that my biological clock which has stopped ticking comes with its set of not so healthy matters. I realise health is definitely wealth, because when healthy deteriorates, sometimes all the money in the world can save us. Just lost my bestie two weeks ago. Painful experience.

  18. I'm sorry you weren't feeling well, Lux. Glad you're on the mend now. ((hug)) I've been in burn-out mode myself and have had to learn some of the same lessons of slowing down. It's easy to get caught up in the to-dos and forget to breathe. Hope you're able to find some time for rest and relaxation this summer. Thanks for sharing. :)

  19. I remember when I had a terrible upper respiratory infection that caused constant coughing and an inability to breath. Nothing over the counter worked for me. But I was to stubborn to go to the doctor or hospital. My mother finally persuaded me to go to the doctor. When I got the clinic I was told by the doctor that if I had waited I could have developed pneumonia. I tried to deal with the sickness on my own and it could have been worse. I learned that I needed to take care of myself, ask for help, and stop pushing myself.

  20. Health is absolutely wealth- amen, sister!

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  21. Stopping by from all the linkups!

    Empathy is a big lesson to learn and sometimes you really don't get it until you're down in the trenches.
    One unwritten lesson is also balance. You recognize that you love what you do but having been sick you now know that taking breaks are important.

    Speedy recovery. Love this post.

  22. Your highlights are so on point, though am still battling my own ill health right now.
    Health is wealth, when you despise it, you will regret it because you will be using your wealth to attend to your deteriorating health.
    This too shall pass . . .

  23. loved reading this.

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  24. You're so right about health being wealth, and that's something that carries through our entire lives and at any age! Love your point about gratitude; it really is the key to happiness.

  25. Wow--you really were very sick! I'm glad you are better now. Thanks for passing along to us the lessons that you learned. I so agree with this: "Health is indeed wealth." And we never realize it so much than after recovering from an illness.

  26. We need pause, I need pause... Thanks for sharing :)))

  27. It's interesting that you said that about working from home. I feel that I work so much harder now...often forgetting to eat lunch or not drinking enough water, etc...than if I worked away from home. I don't take breaks until I get sick. :\

    I'm sorry you were sick, but I'm glad you're better.

  28. I am so happy you are well. I appreciate these lessons you wrote about as I am also independent and don't want to bother people but we truly do need each other! Humility is my big lesson.

  29. Great lessons Lux, I couldmìn't agree anymore!
    Kisses, Paola.

  30. I'm always trying to cram too much in so I agree with the need to slow down!

  31. Great piece. I have come to see taking care of myself as a professional responsibility as much as a personal one. I am better at my job if I am healthy.

  32. I love that you said we need to slow. Must agree on it because you know, sometimes we always feel like we are doing less but actually it's too much already! and also, yes we need people! We cant do things alone because God designed us to be collaborative

  33. Vale tentar! ;D

    Eu aprendi a valorizar mais os momentos em que estou bem!

    Ótima terça!

    Beijo! ^^

  34. Well said! Thank you for sharing. And I hope you have a speedy recovery. :)

  35. "If you love what you do, there's no stopping you." I absolutely love that little inspiration nugget.

    I'm so sorry to hear you got that sick but I am so glad to hear your feeling better!
    And like me, you always find something to write about based on the trials you face.

  36. I've learned a similar lesson from getting sick which is that our health is our greatest wealth because there are some health conditions that wealth cannot cure. Therefore I have to take very good care of my health.

  37. I definately believe God will use sickness to get our attention. Thankful for times of slowing down and rest so that His healing can flow.