Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life.

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

Swami Vivekanada

Well Swami Vivekananda had something there.  I am sure most of us have at one time or another longed for a goal so consuming, something we were so passionate about, that nothing and no one could stop us from going after it.  Whether it be a new house, a career, a relationship, or even getting a dog.  But for those of us who have Multiple Sclerosis what we were given we didn’t ask for at all. And for many of us, MS has become that idea that we dream of, think of and plan for.   This doesn’t mean MS is a negative, instead it can be a springboard to a new and different kind of future.

When you feel that life has dealt you an injustice by allowing you to live for decades with Multiple Sclerosis, know that you are not alone.  But when you feel like there is nothing left to do after the diagnosis is to give up and let the disease take over, then you have a unhealthy idea. One that is antiquated and based on false facts.

We do not need to give up.  We need to find that idea, and do exactly what Vivikananda said.  For me, part of the big dream, the big idea, the big picture, is to help people with this condition live better, bigger, healthier lives.  MS is not only the physical disease but the mental challenge as well.   Sure we can roll over and die.  I know a few people who have chosen that route.  Or, we can start living even better than before.

It is your choice.  Your idea.  Your life.

If I were you I wouldn’t waste a lifetime complaining about MS when instead you could spend the same amount of time on your big idea, which will make you happier, healthier and easier to be around.

Make your ideas count.  Other people do.  MS is not a valid excuse.  MS is not a reason to close your eyes to the possibilities that lie before you.  It is an opportunity to create new ideas.