I never know, on any given day, if I will have a little freedom to work on a project or if I will be bed-bound in agony. Sometimes I get little hints, but overall it is not something I know ahead of time.
Having a little time, even a very small amount of it is a gift. Time is one of the most valuable resources we have. It is something that we can never get back, but we can always make better use of it. Before my illness, I took good health and the freedom it gives for granted. Now, I cherish every moment when I am not being controlled by pain and sickness. I have learned to be grateful for the small things in life. I am grateful for the time I have to work on little projects here and there. I have learned to simply be grateful, so much more than I was before.
Sometimes, I think to myself, I would give almost anything to be rid of this 'thorn in the flesh', but I would not want to lose the lessons I have learned (and I think this is the point of it all when you really examine it closely). Never stop learning from your circumstances and never give up the fight to better yourself in the eyes of our Maker.