Oh yeah, the big P word.
I have to admit it can be my kryptonite so I know what I am talking about here.
The very worst thing you can do – whether it is MS related, life related, and love related is to stop.
Life happens to us, or with us. MS is going to be there regardless of what we do, or don’t do, and it is easy to throw our arms up and just say it’s too hard now.
I went through a spell not long ago, when the weather where I am, was over 110 F/42C and I literally couldn’t go outside. The pain was intolerable, the fatigue was horrible. I was losing eyesight, and patience, and I am not going to tell you that I just breezed right through it. It is very depressing to have to be a prisoner to an AC unit…but that is how I was living. So yes, I felt like, “this is too much, I can’t take it” I will just sleep my life away.
And guess what? I DID!!!
Ooh ooh that isn’t supposed to be the moral of this story!
The point was, that I was actually missing out on so much during that time and I am sure there were things I could have done. I could have painted, or written or crafted. I could have read inspiring books. But I didn’t.
There is nothing wrong with vegging out in front of the TV from time to time…we all need that. I think people with chronic illness sometimes have to have it when the pain is insurmountable. But if it become our life, then I think we are heading down a dangerous road.
I had a friend who committed suicide because of the pain of MS. She felt like she couldn’t go on. I understand. But the world, and her friends and family, lost a beautiful soul with much to give, because she gave up.
So how do we combat this little problem?
I am so serious about the word I had it tattooed in white ink on my wrist so I could see it everyday.
We keep going and we find something useful that lights us up and gives us strength to move forward.
What do you love?
Is it cooking, writing, listening to music?
What could you do with that?
What gifts do you have to give the world?
Oh you think you don’t have any? Trust me we all have them.
Even if you have no arms or legs that work – Can you speak? Can you tell stories? Can you sing?
There is never, ever, a reason to give up completely.
The irony is that the treasure lies just beyond the point of giving up. Right at the place where you feel all is lost, you only have to cross the bridge and find your pot of gold.
Haven’t you watched enough movies to know that?
Nobody got anywhere by saying, I CAN’T or I WON’T !
Drop those words from your vocabulary because I guarantee you, they are not doing you any good.
And while you are dropping, you can erase…………….
at the same time.
If you ever find yourself dealing with the dreaded B word, remember this:
That is why you came to earth with an…
Turn off the TV – and IMAGINE. You might be surprised at how fast you have created something to do that you truly enjoy.
Perseverance is the key to achieving every goal and reaching every dream. Whether you have Multiple Sclerosis or Fibromyalgia, Lupus, or the flu, there is no reason for you to let life just fly by you as if you were it’s passenger – scoot on over and get in the driver’s seat.
Hey I rhymed! Have a good one!