“Well-being is realized by small steps, but is truly no small thing.”
---Zeno, quoted by Socrates, quoted by biographer
Diogenes Laertius, the biographer of Zeno, attributed this quote to Zeno but admits that Socrates might have said it also, meaning it may be a quote of a quote of a quote. But it does not matter who actually said the words. What matters is truth is truth.
If you are living in depression with chronic pain, you cannot magically be healed by a treatment, pill, or formula. Chronic pain doesn’t go away. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
But the quote states the truth that the little things add up. Someone is a good person not because they are but because they take good actions. It is a matter of many individual choices.
The small decisions you make every day add up. While the individual action is small, it’s cumulative impact is not.
Think about all the small choices you make as they roll out in front of you today.
Which way is the best way to manage your chronic pain to allow you to live a fulfilling life instead of living in depression and with social anxiety?
What is one small lifestyle choice you can tweak to make your day healthier this week?
Choose only one to work on at a time: healthy eating, getting enough movement in your day, educating yourself, utilizing coping skills to reduce stress, or getting plenty of rest.
If you miss a day, I encourage you to not give up. Just resolve to do it the next day. Every day is a new day; a clean slate begins today.
Choose the best way for your body to function at top performance while living with chronic pain, and watch as all these little things add up toward transformation.