you are brave

Find your brave

Dear Weary One,

I know your heart is heavy. Right now you are on the verge of tears…tears that have been collecting deep in the spaces of your heart and flooding over into your mind. You have met reality face to face and you don’t like it one bit. Multiple Sclerosis is your reality. It’s real and you feel it deep. You are finding yourself overwhelmed and challenged in every area of life, and you feel the weight of simply getting through today to be daunting. Laundry has piled up and errands are on hold as you sit alone feeling like you’re about to break.

You don’t feel very brave right now. Sure, when you go out the door with a smile plastered across your face, you are brave. But that’s a mask you wear out in public to cover the pain. Here you sit, alone, and the mask comes off. Your thoughts are running wild and the tears begin to fall. Where’s your brave when you feel numb to the core? Where’s your brave when all you see are clouds before you and not one ray of sunlight is to be found? Where’s your brave?

I want you to know that you are brave even when you can’t feel it. There truly is strength in you, a strength so amazing that even you didn’t know it was there. You’ve held on this long…that’s brave. You don’t see it, but I sure do. You are a brave warrior in this fight.

Rise up and be confident in who you are. Don’t give up just because the road is hard. It takes a strong person to wake up in the morning and face a new day surrounded by challenges, and you are doing it.

Discouragement will happen, exhaustion and stress will find you, but don’t allow your heart to grow weary too. It’s okay to let the tears flow. Sometimes that’s all you need to do to lighten the load. Let it go and find your brave today, because you are brave!

Signed,
A friend standing with you in the fight

 

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About the Author
About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

19 replies
  1. Diane
    Diane says:

    WELCOME BACK! You have been missed! It seems you always have the right words, the right outlook, the right humor as well as the righteous honesty to help us all get through our time living with MS. Yes, I said “living” and not “existing”! Through your wisdom and your sharing, we have learned to enjoy the little moments, the sound of the song bird, the beauty in the flower, the dirt on the floor after we face plant, the lovely texture of the carpet as we fall onto it! We would have given up a long time ago if we didn’t have you. Thank you for giving us, so much of your self.
    I hope you are doing well, if not well in body then well in body and in mind.
    Diane

  2. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks for the kind thoughts and feelings. I know we have to face each day with what we are delt with (just like ‘normal’ people) and do the best we can do and try not to do what we can’t. It can be a stone around our necks, but we have to treat it as a challenge to overcome. Don’t let it keeping you down. For me that is not my choice as it not me.

  3. alicia italia
    alicia italia says:

    Thank you so much for your words. I have a hard time excepting this and its so nice to hear you and realize you aren’t alone.
    Thanks again
    Alicia

  4. Leah
    Leah says:

    Welcome back. Your words helped me get through my morning. I woke up early, made my husband’s lunch, and felt the tears flow down my cheeks with no apparent reason. My week end was fine, yet this morning I felt sad, sorry for myself, and nacious from all the meds I must take. I’m sick of feeling sick! For some reason, your blog made we feel like I wasn’t alone and I thank you for this. Now I feel a little better and less overwhelmed to tackle some laundry and ironing. Thanks again.

  5. stephen harris
    stephen harris says:

    so happy to have you back. i trust your rest was…restful. i’ve never understood what “giving up” means, but i appreciate the idea that i have been 100% successful so far.

  6. Aileen Brown says:

    Not only are you funny you are very wise I hope you realise how many people you help with your words I for one look forward every morning to what you have to say thank you love and hugs

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