yogurt, applesauce, rice, & chicken noodle soup

That, friends, is my current diet.

There is nothing worse, in my opinion, amongst “common” illnesses than a stomach virus. That is what I have been battling this week, armed with nothing but my wits, some saltines and 7-UP (thanks to someone very thoughtful), and some over-the-counter medication (thanks to someone else very thoughtful).

Before the stomach virus, I had a bad cold complete with lots of chest congestion. For a few days, I felt like there were bricks strapped to my lungs.

Sickness, even of the non-serious variety, makes me feel weak. It makes me realize that I am weak ā€“ that the times I feel strong are illusory, and fleeting illusions at best.

I guess that’s because my mind and spirit ā€“ eternal things ā€“ are trapped in a body that is transitory. It’s hard for us humans, especially young ones, to believe that we won’t live forever. Oh, I say my life is a vapor. But my plans? They’re not urgent. I assume that I’ll live for a generous amount of time.

The truth is I don’t know. There is no reason to think I’ll die a young, undiscovered writer (how romantic). But I don’t know what tomorrow holds, for me or anyone else. I can only live today. I can hope and plan, and dream and pursue . . . but I can only live today. I can only enjoy now.

One day, perhaps, I will eat pizza again. I can hope. Today, however, I will enjoy my yogurt, applesauce, rice, and chicken noodle soup.

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2 Responses

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a lovelier illness rumination. Even as you wander through sickness, you can’t help but wonder well. It’s so true; we can only live this moment, and hope that the time we’re given to continue all the seeking and pursuing is glorifying to God. For now, I hope and pray you’ll be enjoying a yummy slice of pizza very shortly šŸ˜‰ Praying for you…

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