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This is one of my favorite words even though the image of stuff sticking all over annoys me. The other day I was trying to get a piece of tape unstuck from one finger and it would attach itself to my other finger and alternate multiple times (like times 10). It was to the point that I thought there must be a hidden camera somewhere laughing at me.

And then, of course, there’s the dog hair. I love my 15-year-old mutt, Sandy, but when you have lint rollers in every room and in your car, you can clearly see how dog hair can be unrelenting. It is on your clothing, your furniture, your carpet. But there is also the excitability of a dog when you walk in the house and she seems to think you've been gone for a week when it's only been 20 minutes. And, of course, the empathy a dog displays when you are not feeling well! That undying devotion is worth all of the dog hair, in my opinion. They are devoted to you like tape to a finger.

And then I got to thinking about the quality of sticktoitness. To me, it means:

Staying the course – you set your mind to success and, even through the detours, you focus on the goal of hip healing.

  • Embracing the struggle – Don’t fight it. Acknowledge the struggle and respect it, but don’t let it define you. Don’t let the struggle dictate the quality of your day.

  • Celebrating your strength – You are strong! You have got this! Putting one foot in front of another taking baby steps every day will lead to miles of success.

  • Keeping forward motion – Yes, you will experience some steps back and some detours, but overall your hope and positivity will move you forward on your body’s own time.

  • Feeling sorry for yourself – What? Are you kidding me? Yep. Allow yourself to have a short pity party. Let the tears flow and then you pick up and move on by engaging your stiff upper lip.

  • Relying on the support of family and friends – Why? Because sometimes when we are in the thick of it – the pain, the frustration, the seemingly never-ending saga. Your friends and family can see the forest through the trees. They can see the progress you are making sometimes even before you notice. Let them celebrate your small successes with you.

So make sure that you let the hope, the positive outlook and your strength stick to you through whatever struggle you are experiencing. If it’s your hips, so be it. If it’s another struggle, the same rules apply. You are not in this alone! Find those people and thoughts that enable you to stick to hope. Let them be your super glue – let them help put you back together – physically, mentally or emotionally or any combination that you need!

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