Reasons to be #Cheerful

Before panic sets in for readers of a certain era, I’m not about to drift back to the days of East London and bust out an Ian Dury & the blockheads number! Talented but irreverent. Sigh of relief from those present. Hehehe.

Reasons to be #Cheerful…

As many of my readers know, I have been living alongside MEcfs for some years now. I say alongside. I still consider it a most unwelcome visitor which hasn’t decided to leave yet. I keep indicating the exits ‘here👆, here👈👉& here👇, but it isn’t getting the message and ain’t budging. Bing bong echoey nasal voice ~ ‘Would MEcfs please leave via the nearest exit immediately, thank you‘.

What’s the big deal?

I’ll admit and wince. That there are times when #cheerful #thankful are not part of my #vocabulary. Ah the #delirium of the # dictionary or to put it another way the Dictionary of #s. Did you see that subtle pause? Can you tell I’ve had my B12 injection?😏

This week has prompted me to stop and think. As I once again remind (& at times torment) myself on almost a daily basis, how long it is since I was able to leave the perimeter of our house & garden. [That’s assisted btw.] The answer being, once in three months. That was for health screening that cannot be attended to at home.

{Oh, before I forget. A number of words will be highlighted in pink. It will become clear…er.}

This equates to six ‘outs’ (approximately 12 hours in total) in ten+ months. But thankfully I am still sane. Stop that! And thankfully there have been six times to note. Three cheerful and noteworthy & three medically related.

[I’ve finally been able to organise home visits from our GP practice. Miracle!]

Although the last medical screening did include some cheer, when able to break through the MEcfs stigma label. As I lay in the waiting area & my husband aka ‘happy shopper, supporter, helper, carer, mover ‘n shaker, musician, full-time worker & general wing man’ had to basically carry me out because we couldn’t get the wheelchair in! ‘Oh, you’re THAT fatigued’ accompanied by shocked faces. Unsurprisingly I haven’t been away from the house since then.


I digress. One can become caught up and obsessive about the subject of ‘what’s it like on the outside’. And consequently in said moments of obsession, miss any good parts of the day. I understand that housing developments grow at a pace and local traffic gets worse. I mean come on, what’s with this ‘I sorely miss my independence and associate it only with getting out’? That’s called sarcasm.

This has to change. I thought I had reached the point of peace. Apparently not. Could I be on the verge of acceptance! WHAT! Finally!! Acceptance of this frustrating function curbing condition. (Acceptance as opposed to submission).

I think I could be, as I begin to compile my #cheerfulPink Time’ list to help enrich #homebound life. Thoroughly encouraged by my youngsters, whom I’m unable to visit. But that’s MEcfs for you. And a list, which a decade ago (then 4 years into MEcfs) and completely due to the condition, was non-existent & would have been blank. I’ll expand on the list in a future blog post. Eek!

As I mention ‘Pink Time‘, I recall the very girlie pink ‘Hello Kitty‘ kiddy phones we used for communicating from my bed, when I was basically in bed 24/7. The connecting lead just about reached from my room down the stairs. And I would ring just to be irritating. You have to laugh!

Continuing thoughts on #cheerful #thankful this week

I had opportunity to read an article, brought to my attention by a fellow blogger, via About the fallow seasons in life When life is still in the midst of a fallow season. By the Christian writer  Reflecting on life now the intense fires in California are easing. Oh to have similar eloquence.

Our situations are very different. But it has reminded me again about being cheerful, thankful and appreciate life when all is quiet. Being at peace & to ‘let go and let God’.


That I had woken or rather, been woken to continue praying for a friend, sister in faith & fellow MEcfs peep.


That one of my favourite scriptures popped up on my daily verse of the day scripture App. The Bible App – Youversion

Hebrews 12:1 NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


One I had very recently quoted to a JW fam at our doorstep. Consequently causing me to prepare Alpha course contact info. to hand out if/when they pop by our  door again, and if I’m awake of course!  Our door seems currently to be a destination.

Closing thoughts…

That’s quite a lot of ‘Reasons to be #Cheerful in a week. I will write more on this. But in the mean time…I pray for cheer for you. Enrichment in your day & hope of better days to come.

I’m including links to a beautiful encouraging word and song. [10 & 7 minutes in duration.]

Thanks to for sharing the link.

I Have Chronic Fatigue-How Do I Not Waste My Life

The song ~

Your Spirit ~ Tasha Cobbs Leonard. ft Kierra Sheard

Thanks so much for popping by.

Have an abundantly blessed day.🌸

Penny @hopefoundinme

*Words highlighted in pink = #cheerful #thankful # 😊

I’ll be back!

12 thoughts on “Reasons to be #Cheerful

    1. Thanks so much, Char. That’s so kind of you. I hope to enjoy what capacity I have, instead of trying to keep up & end up on bed rest for weeks on end. Then the awful ploughing back. You’d think I’d have adjusted by now, lol! I know you know full well how it goes. Last winter was the final straw really. Here’s hoping & an outing will be an added bonus instead of a constant draining obsession. Xxx


      1. Yes, it’s not easy when you’re stuck indoors so long… But it is the healthier option I think. Else we make ourselves worse by fretting over it. Trick is to keep ourselves occupied and distracted enough at home. That’s why I’m so grateful for art, bird feeders, garden, blog…

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    1. Thank you so much Edith. Bless you.

      And yes definitely. I give thanks for my husband & all he is & does. I’m so truly blessed to share my life with him.

      So lovely to hear from you. Much love from here. God’s abundant blessing be with you Edith, in Jesus’ name. Xxx


  1. I like what you have written here in particular:-

    I thought I had reached the point of peace. Apparently not. Could I be on the verge of acceptance! WHAT! Finally!! Acceptance of this frustrating function curbing condition. (Acceptance as opposed to submission).

    Personally, I think the gift of acceptance, and let’s face it, it isn’t a one time gift, is the best thing our Father can give us whilst suffering so much pain, weakness and exhaustion!

    In my experience, as one level of acceptance is achieved, it isn’t too long before another one is required.

    So, the scripture you referred to is so poignant here as we so need the perseverance to keep running our race!

    I’ll look forward to exploring your blogs further😊💕
    Much love,

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    1. Thanks so much Fiona. Kind of you to stop by for a read. I’m glad it was helpful.

      I’m beginning to understand acceptance more & more each day. But without God’s grace, I’d be well & truly broken & bitter. And absolutely I agree. New challenges of acceptance can present on an almost daily basis. God is so good in helping us through, listening & bringing peace. His love is overwhelming. (The song by Big Daddy Weave – ‘Overwhelmed’, is so worth a listen).

      Thanks again Fiona. I hope as the days progress they become far easier for you.

      Much love, empathy & hugs from here to you Fiona.
      Penny ❤ xxxx


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