I pulled my blue pants out of the closet the other day to wear to an appointment. After getting dressed I looked down and noticed that the hem of my right pant leg was almost completely pulled out. My first thought was, “Oh no…but I wanted to wear these today.”
Once I noticed the hem, I could have taken the time to pick out something new to wear, but I had my heart set on wearing those slacks. So what did I do? I went to my junk drawer and began rummaging through it to find a needle and thread. My hands don’t coordinate well most of the time, but I was willing to take the time to see if I could make it work.
As I quickly looked through the drawer, wouldn’t you know it, t couldn’t find one single needle or even the thread. I found lots of other things: door keys, pens, thumb tacks, gum, and even a bolt…but no needle and thread. Tucked under some paper I spotted the double-sided tape and thought, “Hey, that might work.”
I know that was a dumb idea, but I was willing to give it a try. I tore off some tape and taped up the hem but found out fairly quick that it just wasn’t strong enough to work. I’m sure duct tape would have done the trick since we all know it fixes anything, but I didn’t have any.
I sat there for a minute like Winnie the Pooh tapping my head, “Think, think, think.” That was when the light bulb went off in my head and I decided to do what every woman has done at some point. I grabbed the stapler from that same drawer and stapled it up. It worked like a charm and was even doable with weak hands. By the time I was done, you couldn’t even tell I had stapled it either.
Many times people think their life is over once they are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, especially as the disease progresses limiting their mobility and ability to do certain things, but that is so far from the truth. The truth is that you can accomplish anything you put your heart and mind to…you just might do it differently than you thought. Like those staples I used to hold the hem of my pants up, you will find a different way to do things and maybe even invent something amazing in the process.
You can’t be afraid to try. I can guarantee you that in your trying you are going to feel like a failure at some point…maybe even more than once or twice. But choose to be like Thomas Edison at those times. During his work on the lightbulb, he said “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
You will find a way that works too! Whether you find a better way to improve your life or a new way to do something that others tell you (or even you tell yourself) can’t be done, keep trying. Don’t give up on living. Don’t give up trying. Don’t give up no matter how impossible or difficult things may get. Just don’t give up. You will find a way that works for you.