Friday, 18 January 2013

Life is a Gift

Life is a gift. I know we hear that all the time, but the more I think about it, the more I realize how true it is.

Part of my work as a nurse means that I get to see moms before or after they have their babies. I also get to hear some the fetus' heartbeats. The first time I heard the baby's heart inside the mom, I was amazed!

The problem is that life is also hectic. We are constantly faced with problems and challenges that make us stressed. And so, life passes by so quickly and we hardly have time to enjoy it all!

I'm the type of person who is always doing something or the other. If I'm not studying, I'm writing on my blog, reading, preparing for church service, helping around the house, etc. Each day is so busy and full of events. By nighttime, I'm exhausted! It seems as though they aren't enough hours in the day to do everything. Have you ever felt like this?

The challenge is trying to find a balance between the rush of life and taking the time to appreciate what you have. In fact, often it is the little things that help us realize how great life is. Like hearing a baby's heart. Or watching the news and realizing how lucky we are. Or experiencing a difficult event and then getting it through it. Sometimes we need to slow down.

I have trouble 'slowing down' because life is always too fast! I guess I need to find out what I can do to accomplish this. Something I'm trying to work on this year is to not stress over everything - and that's really hard for me. My perfectionism kicks in and demands that I work super hard, get good marks, achieve all my goals, etc. Don't get me wrong - it's a good thing.  But sometimes, too much of a good thing is not so great.

My goal for this week is to take a few minutes each day to reflect and identify one reason why I am thankful for my life. Sounds easy, but I really struggle with this. I often question God on why He put me here - and why He saved my life. There MUST be a reason. And everyday, I will take the time to think of one reason. Maybe it's to make a patient smile. Maybe it's to help others with my blog. Or maybe it's to keep my family company. Whatever it is, I know that life is precious. So I'm going to find out why.


  1. Or may be all of the above and even more good reason.
    Look how life is good and nomatter hard ,tough but people love to live .
    Try to reflect on all that and see the beauty of relaxing and calming down without thinking of what to do


  2. You are a gifted girl .Your life is a blessing to many starting from your parents,family ,friends and followers of your blog.
    I bet I could have lost my daughetr hadn't been direced by a friend to read your blod and discover what she is struggling with.
    I am for one very grateful to you for helping me help my daughter who refused to see any doctor but thankfully was nice enough to listen to me .
    I hope you see the real meaning of your life and how talented and helpful you are .
    May God bless you and keep you safe and happy

    J the thankful mother

  3. I have read a lot of blogs and yet to see some one has your honesty ,talent and altruism.
    I pray for you that God gives you the wisdom to treat yourself with what you deserve.
    I do not know you personally and I think those who close to you ,can tell much more how good you are .
    You deserve a good life and I hope you help yourself to live the good life that all of us desire.


  4. I think you are trying to achieve as much work in as little time and get as close to 100% of what you r expected of yourself.
    Trust me no single person in the whole world able to do this.
    This is what is stressing you and take the joy and relaxation from you .
    I hope your resolution is to do little at a time and be happy with your achievement no matter what.
    God bless

  5. I am a regular follower of your blog and I used to comment on the benifits of complete recovery you have been achieveing.
    Let add the msot important one that I failed to mention but this blog attracted my attention to it which is
    Life is a gift of life .ED takes life ,cripples victims,waste their time .
    Please take the time to know how gited you are and how many blessings in your life despite how much you suffered and I am sure you still working hard on many issues as if you are fighting many fronts at the same time
    I pray for you and your family.My heart and soul with you.
    You are one of those people that deserve the support,love and care from all of us.


  6. As you know I am 75 and I have many children and grand c but I admire you very much for all what you do and for your kindness.
    One thing I hope you give it high priority is you make sure your body is rested,cared for and make time among your busy schedulle for your body.
    I always tell my grand kids ,Marina is an Angel and I wish you be like her
    I pray for you and wish you all the best.
    I am sorry if some readers abuse your blog and hurt your feeling.You do not deserve any of this .
    I pray God may wake them up and see what is right and apologize to you..

    S Ibrahim
    Burnhamthorpe ,Mississauga

  7. I defineltly agree with you when you are a hard worker and you expect to be perfect and want finish as much work as you can ,sure your days will be hectic,tough,stresful and not easy to manage and no enough time to perk up your self ,replinish your energy and fuel and tune up so that you will continue .
    I became awrae of this and now I tune up my self as first priority and then do as much as I can do and I gave up my perfectionism as We doing bad and not good for me.
    I agree and support your new policy and I can not condone this negative person


  8. I was try to think what I can add but I felt I like all the comments that written here and I hope you treat your self with care even if you can not finish what you are hoping to do.
    As you know since my depression,I learnt to please myself first as my way of avoiding relapse in depression and my preventive way is working.
    I am sad to hear that a negative person is either naieve about how much this hurt or so arogant that he /she does not care how much this hurt or his/her goal is to hurt you and waste your time so that you stumple in your work and lag behind.
    I pray to God to protect you from the evil eye .

    My best wish my dear


  9. I agree with you Marina that trying to achieve lots of good things and perfectionship are what stressing you out and making you feel exhausted by the end of the day.
    I feel that may be a way that you can do things easy,taking your time,believing that your well being is the only gurantee that you can achieve and accomplish what you want(if you are not well ,off course you will not be able to achieve )
    Even though I am almost a graduate and heading to be a therapist and this my goal but I still have my own therapist to consult with when I am not sure about what to do or even I talk to my dad ( my dad if you remember suffered severe resistant depression and being so close to him made me see how important to have a therapist and that is why I am studying psychology.

    Balance (as you said is the key to success and if you can not balance lean on your wellbeing side.achievements can wait,.

    With my humble respect

  10. Hi Marina
    This is Anne
    I am so sorry that there is some one so mean and so unhuman to the extent to try to hurt your feeling.Hurting you means hurting all ED victims and could be at least one relative or close friend to that person.
    This person if really understand how We suffered from that disease and its consequences ,would not have thought of doing this to you.
    I am so sorry again and I support you in your new policy and I hope that person regret and admit the wrong doing.
    We-as ED victims-need and hope to see smiling faces,pleasant attitude and compasionate people around us so that We move on.
    I understand that life is tough and stressful on everybody so if someone not able to smile or understand us ,better to leave us alone.
    Can that negative person listen to my PLEA and leave Marina alone.
    I hope so

    Marina ,please move on,do not bother thinking of that person or what has done. This is trash(sorry for my language and you are way up ,way up

    Thanks Marina
    Once again ,without you,I wouldn't have thought of admitting having ED problem and got treated

    I appreciate all help even without knowing you (I saw you on the video,Your face is sooooo beautiful.


  11. I believe you is a gift to those who know you and to your readers of this blog and to your patients for sure.
    Your blog endorses my believe of do every thing you can and you will be rewarded some time ,some how .Also I believe do good all the time to every body even your enemies and you will be rewarded some time ,some how ,if not in your life reward will be to your kids.
    You endorsed in me a lot of kindness,determination and altruism.
    You are a role model
    Please see all the gifts of your life as others see them.
    My best wish


  12. I agree with all of the above comments .I hope you read all the comments as they tell the truth about how great you are.We all agree that you real need not to think of any negative thought or comment and ignore any negative person as negativity has only one goal which is to get you back even one step
    But I see your determination and your hope(your commentators call you MS HOPE)

    Have a ahppy hopeful day



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