Quick Quote : The Question Is About How To Live

Quick Quote by Joseph Conrad

Quote on a dark background with a red rose. The quote reads "The question is not how to get cured, but how to live", by Joseph Conrad.

“The question is not how to get cured, but how to live”, a quote by Joseph Conrad. I love this quote. With many chronic conditions, there is no cure. As such, we find ourselves lost in the past and worried about the future, failing to really live our lives right now.

Acceptance With Chronic Illness

With chronic illness, when there’s no cure, we can get caught up on thinking about the past or wishing things to be different. Acceptance is difficult. More than difficult, it can be a constant uphill battle. But in learning to accept where we are and what we’re dealing with, we can focus on what we have now.

Living In The Now With or Without Chronic Illness

This also applies to our general life situation, even without chronic illness in the picture. There are many things that may be out of our control, and it’s not about trying to ‘cure’ them. It’s about healing, finding peace and contentment, cultivating a sense of gratitude, and finding other ways to live the life the want.

To do that we need to slow down, focus on what we can do and come to a point of acceptance so that we can direct our energies on living our life right now, no matter what may or may not lie ahead.

It’s a case of working with what we’ve got and adapting. It’s about changing our perspective so that we live in the present and live the best life we can, with the situation we find ourselves in.

Caz  ♥



  1. June 4, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    Brilliant post. 😉

    • June 7, 2019 / 3:23 pm

      Thanking you kindly, glad you liked it! 😊 xx

  2. June 4, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    Awesome Caz.
    Your message is for everyone and its always positive.

    • June 7, 2019 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you, pleased you liked it, Darnell 😊

  3. Ashley
    June 4, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    What a fabulous message.

    • June 7, 2019 / 3:22 pm

       ♥ Glad you liked it.

  4. June 4, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    as a person with chronic illness for more than 28 years and i know it’s going to be there for the rest of the life, your words come as a big tonic to me. every word is golden in this post. Thank you very much. it will be very good to revisit this post time and again, when i am down both physically and mentally. i bow to you.

    • June 6, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      I’m sorry you know the difficulties of chronic illness all too well, too. I’m so glad you liked the post – it’s good to have a reminder of these words from time to time. Thank you very much for the wonderful comment, Rajini – I hope you have a lovely rest of your week 🙂

  5. Svet Pavlovsky
    June 4, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    Love it!

  6. June 4, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    Beautiful writing, thanks for sharing. I agree with you that a positive outlook is so important. How long have you been blogging for?

    • June 7, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks for the comment! A positive outlook is important. I think it comes easier for some than others, I know it’s a constant work-in-progress for me. Yikes, not sure I want to know how long I’ve been blogging as I’ll feel like I’ve not got very far in all that time! 😂 Maybe 2, 2 1/2 yrs..? How about you? xx

  7. June 4, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    I hope everyone reads this because it is absolutely true. There’s only so much medicine can do. The rest is up to us. We take the good with the bad and move forward.

    • June 6, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      Spot on, Jacqui  ♥

  8. June 4, 2019 / 5:14 pm

    This is so true. You can’t change what you can’t change, but you can be more thankful for the good in your life. Hard I’m sure, but so necessary.

    Have a blessed day, my friend. ♥

  9. June 4, 2019 / 5:24 pm

    Absolutely. Wise words indeed 🙂

  10. June 4, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    I understand how difficult it must be to live with this, and your words are so helpful to others

    • June 6, 2019 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you, John ☺️

  11. June 4, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    Beautiful quote. Going straight to my Pinterest with this! Sorry Caz I just realise I’ve spelt your name wrong a couple of times it’s not like its hard lol I blame the brain fog!

    • June 6, 2019 / 4:10 pm

      Hahah don’t worry about! I don’t mind ‘Cass’ ☺️ Glad you liked the post & thanks for Pinning (is that the right word for Pinterest?) it.xx

  12. June 4, 2019 / 8:47 pm

    Spot on! When I injured my spine, I firmly believed that with each surgery, treatment, therapy, I would FINALLY recover and get back to NORMAL. Not until I finally accepted that THIS hot mess was the new normal, could I even begin to move forward. We must surrender to the illness. That doesn’t mean we give in and play dead. It means that we accept, reassess, and then find a new path forward. HA! SO easy to say… Sp beautifully written and words to come back to again and again. Thank you!

    • June 6, 2019 / 4:09 pm

      ‘Hot mess’, I love that expression. “We must surrender to the illness. That doesn’t mean we give in and play dead. It means that we accept, reassess, and then find a new path forward.” Very true and it is easier said than done, you’re right, but it is possible. That gives us hope.. Thank you for the wonderful comment & for sharing your experience, Jayne xx

  13. June 5, 2019 / 12:34 am

    I like this 🙂

  14. Mama Duck
    June 5, 2019 / 1:10 am

    Well-said and encouraging to any who are suffering.

  15. June 5, 2019 / 4:17 am

    I love this post. Share this with ‘my group’ for me. I can’t get it to share! I read this out loud to Jeff. He thinks you are one of the smartest people he never met! This is good… keep him guessing! It’s a Pro sport!😉 I know I’m being silly, so in all seriousness you handled this quick quote beautifully!!!

    • June 6, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      Hahah I’ll have to keep up this ‘smart’ ruse for as long as possible, I want Jeff to believe that 😆 You mean the FB group, right? I’ll share it now.xx

  16. Megala
    June 5, 2019 / 5:27 am

    Well said! It is much needed to learn the art of living in the present moment but not dwelling on the past nor fearing the future. Thanks for sharing a wonderful quote.

    • June 6, 2019 / 4:04 pm

      Exactly right, Megala. Thank you for the comment ☺️

  17. June 5, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    This is an important message to everyone, whether they live with a chronic illness or disability or not. No one know what each person may or may not be facing in their daily lives. How they solve those issues in their lives mainly depends on how they approach them. It is a message I will take to heart as I deal with arthritic degeneration. Thank you so much for posting it.

    • June 6, 2019 / 4:03 pm

      You’re right, nobody knows what any other person is truly going through by looking at them, and how the issues are dealt with and managed depends on their approach, as well as other factors. I’m glad you liked this post and thank you for the wonderful comment, Barbara  ♥

  18. June 5, 2019 / 6:58 pm

    So true and so important to remember. Also, the thing about looking back is that sometimes we remember things that we used to do, but we only remember the good things. In reality, most parts of our life have some good and some bad bits in them, so it’s important to try and find the good where we are. XX

    • June 6, 2019 / 3:30 pm

      You’re right, ‘rose tinted glasses’! Thanks for the great comment  ♥

  19. Michelle Tikalsky
    June 5, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    This is true. Living in the present is the best way to find happiness

    • June 6, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      Absolutely 🙂
      Thanks for the comment, Michelle xx

  20. ignitedmoth
    June 5, 2019 / 11:33 pm

    So true! <3 Lovely post. ^_^

  21. June 6, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    Such a beautiful, heartfelt and inspiring post Caz, very well done as always!

    • June 7, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      Aw thanks, Nisha. Glad you liked it  ♥

  22. Luisa
    June 7, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Beautiful post!

  23. June 7, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Lovely post Caz, perspective is everything. Change your perspective, getting a different view, can change a negative into a positive. Even if its just how you relate to the topic at hand. Xx

    • June 7, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      Absolutely, I’m a big believer in the power of perspective. Thanks for the comment, and congrats again on passing!! 😄

    • June 10, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, thanks for the lovely comment  ♥ I hope you’re doing as well as possible, Terri xx

  24. June 8, 2019 / 10:35 pm

    genius that can be applied to so many challenges

    • June 11, 2019 / 3:03 pm

      Definitely true! Thanks for the comment lovely xx

  25. June 9, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    This is such a beautifully truthful quote Caz…….and it is absolutely correct. Since being cured will never happen, barring a miracle, from my neurological disorde, I need to learn to live the best life possible………..Bless you my friend for being such an amazing advocate for others.

    • June 10, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      Aw thank you so much, Wendi. It’s hard to get to that perspective sometimes, to focus on living well now rather than reminiscing about the past (often with rose-tinted glasses) or wishing things were different, but it’s so important. Thank you for the wonderful comment xx

  26. June 11, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    A wonderful message indeed!❤️

    • June 11, 2019 / 3:01 pm

      Aw I’m glad you like it, Richa, thanks! Hope you’re having a good week so far 🙂

  27. June 17, 2019 / 10:36 pm

    Of course, acceptance is a key to most things in life. I confess, I had an accident several years ago, and suffer from chronic pain during every moment of my life. It has been one of the hardest things to deal with in my life, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally, learned to accept it.

    • June 18, 2019 / 3:59 pm

      I am so sorry you know life with chronic pain all too well. I’m not sure if I knew this, but I feel like I didn’t.. Acceptance is incredibly difficult, I’m finding it to be a constant work-in-progress. For what you manage to achieve, your beautiful writing and your successful blog, I take my hat off to you. Pain can be a great thief, and make the smallest of things a mountain to climb. Thank you for sharing  ♥

  28. June 18, 2019 / 3:18 pm

    Amen, Caz! Sometimes our circumstances don’t change but they change us. Perspective is everything. Our perception is our reality. When we see through the right lens, even our countenance changes for the better. Life can definitely kick us pretty hard sometimes but brighter days are just ahead….

    Sending you lots of love! Thanks for spreading positivity and hope. ♥

    • June 19, 2019 / 8:54 am

      Absolutely, you’ve said that perfectly, Holly! Thank you for such an insightful comment 🙂

  29. June 19, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    This is a beautiful title and brought tears to me eyes. You’re The Best, Caz! (WP, and I, are still having relationship issues…lol, that made me laugh)… 😃



    • June 20, 2019 / 12:43 pm

      Awww  ♥ I’m so glad you liked it! Not glad about the problems in your WP relationship; get some counselling, please don’t divorce, you’re perfect for each other! xx

  30. June 20, 2019 / 12:22 am

    Makes me think of that quote by Wayne Dyer. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.”

    • June 20, 2019 / 12:44 pm

      That’s a brilliant quote, it really sums up the power of perspective! Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  31. June 23, 2019 / 11:30 pm

    Hi, Caz—

    This is a most inspiring post, and it’s clear from the comments that you’ve helped a number of people. That’s lovely.

    When I visited your blog to thank you for liking one of my posts (and found myself in the company of fellow migraineurs), I didn’t realize that we are connected through Darnell. I won’t give the secret away now, but I am happy to be a part of this chain.

    Thank you for paying a few more visits to my blog and liking additional posts. I am now about to solidify our connection by following your blog.


    • June 24, 2019 / 4:07 pm

      Aw thank you Annie, I’m glad you liked the post. It’s great we have a mutual friend in Darnell, and it’s wonderful to get to discover your blog – I’m following you, too. Have a lovely week  ♥

  32. July 10, 2019 / 5:39 am

    I absolutely love this quote! Several years ago I would’ve thought differently but time and perspective can make us see things differently xx

    • July 10, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      You’re right changes over time and with perspective. I’m really glad you liked the quote, Alice – thanks for the comment! xx

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