Take a break and have some pie

I woke up this morning to my teeth chattering. It’s grown cold and I’m not a fan. The cold tends to stiffen my muscles and causes me to have to work extra hard just to move. The heat isn’t my friend either. Oh, to live in a place where the weather is perfect—not too hot and not too cold—would be amazing. I don’t think that place exists, but it’s great to dream anyway.

There’s nothing worse than feeling out of control. The temperature tends to do that to me. It comes along and throws a wrench into my plans and messes things up. Everything I do tends to take more effort and a whole lot more energy. I get exhausted just imagining my day and all the things needing to get done…and I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet.

Many times, if you’re anything like me, you push yourself hard anyway…sometimes too hard. All that energy you use making your muscles function and your body move leaves you worn out. You want desperately to be able to do the things needed for the day, but your body just won’t let you. You find yourself weaker in your efforts to make yourself strong. Then discouragement comes knocking at your door along with some of its friends…weariness, frustration, defeat and disappointment.

At those times, it’s important to take a break. My kind of break may be different from yours, but anything that puts life back into perspective helps. It may be taking time to pamper yourself by getting your nails done or going to a local miniature golfing spot to ride the bumper cars. It could be finding a secluded spot away from the world to shed a few tears and pray in private or even something as simple as having a slice of chocolate pie…anything that helps to calm your heart and put peace back into your day.

Taking a break doesn’t mean you quit on life or on your plans, it doesn’t mean life will change and all of a sudden you will have this amazing boost of energy and your nerves will work properly again, it just means you put things on hold for a bit in order to take care of yourself.

You deserve that. You deserve some “me” time. Don’t let MS cause you to give up and stop believing in who you are. You matter more than you realize.

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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.

17 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    I’m glad sometimes as the temperature stays at 17 or 18 (Celsius) here but hate the norweser (a wind) that sucks me dry. I think this is a good place to be and we have to put up with some rubbish to get the sable. MS and PTDS has robbed me of so much that I should be dead but I have so much left, when i look at it I wont let take me.
    (PTDS is Post Traumatic Disorder Symptoms that my wife has)

  2. Kate Aquilino
    Kate Aquilino says:

    After 100 years with MS, I’ve gotten good at clearing the calendar and going to bed or staying home and canceling appointments. I’m past responsibilities, expectations, etc. I still look incredibly good which is very confusing to others. And me! I have recently met some very nice people who seem to ‘get it’.
    I’ve lived in the West Palm FL area for ten years and find the weather to be almost perfect. The gulf stream hugs the cost from the south until about 20 miles north of here. There is always a breeze. The first few summers were tough. I haven’t been north in years and my blood has thinned. I do not spend much time outdoors. Now, I’m freezing if it goes below 70. I wear a white hoodie all winter. To keep away trigeminal neuralgia. A new order of nun, I told the pastor when he raised his eyebrows!

  3. Linda Krupa Quinion O'Connell
    Linda Krupa Quinion O'Connell says:

    Thankfully I am just very achy today. It’s raining here in Connecticut. So we will see how the day goes. I’m not crazy about pie so I think I’ll make a cake! Thank you again Penelope for your positive words and I wish everyone a nice day! ❤

  4. Nancy Pruitt
    Nancy Pruitt says:

    Wow! Wouldn’t it be awesome to live in a place where it was always 65-72 degrees? I’d be a happy girl because the heat can put me down in a matter of seconds. The term “chill out” has new meaning for us all. Include a pie of pie and I’m in heaven. I think that I’ll have a piece of cherry with crumb topping!

  5. Dianne
    Dianne says:

    Good morning! As usual, you have struck a “nerve” for me. It had been at least 4 months since I have had any “me” time. With having to find a used car quickly so I could ensure getting my daughter to school, mom in a nursing home where she broke her wrist and hip (I do all her laundry, pay her bills, look after her house, attend to her necessities), take care of all the finances and the home for my family, do all the groceries and cooking, take care of the animals, my daughter having to visit 5 different doctors for various ailments and treatments, continuing with my work for the church preparing all the curriculum for the children’s ministry each week, I am exhausted! I can’t wait for the break to come starting December 10th. Maybe then I can enjoy some pie or maybe some Lind chocolate!!!! I just pray the electric shocks i have been having hold off their intensity until then too! But sometimes life is tough like that and we must soldier through the swamp. I’ll make it. Done it before!

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