I woke up today stuck inside a pinball machine. I know this because I found myself bouncing off the walls in the hallway, running into a table and then I tried to slide through the space between the refrigerator and the cabinets. I think my body is stuck on permanent tilt.
I hate when that happens. It might help if I had bumpers strategically placed around the house to make the bouncing a little more comfortable. Oh, and a jackpot for when I nail the jump up the ramp and into the hole. Now that would be amazing.
Instead of letting my walking difficulties get me down–sometimes literally–I choose to be thankful that at least I’m still in the game. Sure, bouncing around the house is not much fun, but I could have gotten stuck in a Hungry Hungry Hippo game instead and had a herd of hippos trying to eat me alive.
A life with Multiple Sclerosis isn’t easy. For some it may be a walk in the park with little to no symptoms, but for others it’s a daily and sometimes minute by minute struggle. You can choose to allow the struggles you face today eat you up, causing bitterness and anger to control your day…not only your day, but your life. Or you can change your focus from looking at all your problems to realizing that there are worse things in this world you could be facing.
I’m not one to downplay pain. Pain is pain and hurt is hurt no matter if it’s a paper cut, a broken heart of a messed up brain. But if all we do is look at how bad we have it, thinking we have the worst hand anyone has ever been dealt, and go about our day complaining because life is so hard, unfair and not any fun…day after day after day, it’s time to stop and make some changes.
Yes, the game of life can be the pits. Sometimes you get sent back to the start of the game, sometimes you lose a turn, sometimes you get sent to jail, but sometimes you win a prize or even the jackpot. You never know what today will bring; good or bad or something in-between. But you do have control over how you will respond to what happens.
Choose to be thankful for all that you do have. If you pause long enough and really look at your life, you will see that you have a lot to be thankful for. Make today your day of thanksgiving. Give thanks and join me, along with thousands of others, in finding something good in all the bad you are facing.