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What a mess

Have you ever felt worthless, hopeless and more like a crumpled piece of paper tossed into a trash can than anything of value? What is it about living with MS that makes people feel like an outcast? And it’s not just MS either…most of the world feels that way.

The world has created this image of life. It’s an image of unrealistic perfection. I hate to burst someone bubble here, but no one is perfect. Seriously! No one! We are all flawed in our own way. It may be a disability, a crooked toe or a birthmark covering your arm. But to me those aren’t imperfections…they are beauty. Yes, beauty. And we become even more beautiful because of the person we are inside.

We are much like the first cake I made. I spent a lot of time and effort putting together my masterpiece. My attempt at making a cake appeared to be a disaster. Each layer of the cake broke as I was removing them from the pans. I carefully pieced everything together on a plate but I think my icing was a bit too thin or maybe I piled it on too thick because the top layer was leaning to one side and looked as if the slightest breeze would send it toppling to the floor. It looked like something ready for the garage heap.

I discovered in that moment that it was okay to be imperfect. I made no apologies for a misshapen leaning cake. After all…cake is delicious in any form. My cake may not have won a blue ribbon that day, but at the end of the day, every morsel of it had been eaten and enjoyed. Perfect or not…it was pretty darn good.

A group of people in Paraguay decided to make music from things found in a landfill…from the imperfect and broken. It’s amazing the music they created from things others carelessly tossed away.

It seems people get tossed away just as easily as the items found in a landfill, but that shouldn’t be. Everything has beauty in it…even you, MS and all. You may be imperfect, flawed, hurting and broken, but your song is perfection. Watch this video to see just how beautiful broken things really are…and remind yourself that you’re amazing just as you are.

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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.

13 replies
  1. Nicole Shen says:

    *In case you didn’t click thru and read the blog post – there is a video link at the bottom that is pretty inspiring. We all have value; never forget your worth! This is an emotional struggle for me as I am phasing out of a 9-5 gig. <3 Thanks for this post!

  2. Lisa Urbach says:

    For me it was the development of SOS (sensory overload syndrome) it’s hard to be around lights, noise & sudden movements, even carrying on a conversation is taxing!!
    I love my home, it’s my safe place!!

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