Ecclesiastes 9:11 “I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.”
For everyone else under the sun, time and chance is up for their taking. However, for endo-slayers and people suffering from other chronic illnesses, it is different. We live in the space and time that chance affords us. We sometimes cannot afford to plan. We go by the season of our lives. When in pain, we battle it out, emotionally, physically and spiritually. We are at war. We have no choice, we must go to the battle field and battle it out until the season is over, when we can contain the enemy for a while.
When we are in recess from the battle field and are in a great peaceful season, we must MAXIMISE our time, our energy, our enthusiasm, our passion. We cannot afford to waste a minute of a good day, because unlike other people, we do not have the luxury of many good days at our disposal. We aren’t even sure tomorrow, let alone the next minute will still be part of a good day.
I remember some days I would wake up with so much energy, with no signs of pain and a body feeling renewed. I would call up my sister and give her an outline of things I need the two of us to achieve in the following days. It would feel like a year’s goals but for me I would feel like we can accomplish them in a few days. It’s like a burst of energy overcomes and overwhelms the body so that nothing really looks invincible. I even go ahead and book meetings with associates, schedule trainings and get my days packed away with no minute to breath. Why?
Well, we have learnt that we must be intense. We must be intense with our close and dear ones, our family and friends, we must be intense with our dreams and passions, we must be intense with our work and businesses, and we must engage ourselves fully. We must put in more than our very best in every relationship and task because when the next downtime season checks in, we will have banked enough to take us through it.
We have learnt to grab every opportunity and chance that comes our way in the great season, cling onto it for as long as it lasts, use every minute of it exhaustively and give more than our best and leave a legacy in our highest moments because we aren’t sure what lurks around the corner.
Time and chance happens to all…..but for anyone with a chronic illness, we have a time when we can take the chance and we have a time when we cannot.