When you have nothing left to give…

Today, I’m taking some advice from Dr. Seuss…

“But I’ve bought a big bat.
I’m all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going
To have troubles with me!”

I can tell you that I will definitely be building me some muscles in the process of swinging my bat today. I have tons to swing at. Many more things than just Multiple Sclerosis. We all do, don’t we? MS is just a small part of our crazy, mixed-up lives.

Take a moment to step back from the messiness of MS and all the other things going on, and look at life from way back there (as I point to the furtherest corner of the universe). There’s an entire world out there waiting for you. Yes, you!!! You are needed and oh, so important. Maybe you can’t see it, but I can. I can see the amazing and beautiful soul that you are and it truly makes me smile.

Try not to get so focused on your struggles that you neglect the important things in life. Things like calling up a friend to just chat and catch up, giving your child a hug, doing something unexpectedly sweet for someone you love, or even spreading smiles around the office. Be a giver today. Give in spite of your troubles. You will find, in the process, that not only will  you be lifting others up…you will lift yourself up too.

It’s amazing how much of a positive effect helping others has on your own life. It adds a spring to your step (or needed power to your walker or wheelchair) and a smile to your heart. It makes all the pain around you less painful. It makes the day much more bearable. Giving is not about being sad because you are letting go of something you want for yourself. It simply makes room for more.

“The sun rose and said to me, ‘Be a ray of sunshine for someone today.’
The wind nudged at my back and said to me, ‘Blow a kiss to someone today.’
The rain wet my cheek and said to me, ‘Dry a tear on a somber face today.’
The soil fed grass at my feet and said to me, ‘Add pleasure to a life today.’
The ocean washed ashore and said to me, ‘Calm the tempest of a troubled soul today.’
The mountain trembled and said to me, ‘Soften a heart of stone today.’
The moon lit the night and said to me, ‘Show the way with your simple giving.’

So I went and did as they bid me do.

And the sun shone brightly on me.
And the wind caressed my face.
And the rain washed away my stains.
And the soil made a rose garden along my path.
And the ocean carried me from shore to shore.
And the mountain sheltered me from storms.
And the moon smiled down on me.

I’ve come to realize I can never give enough to recompense what I get in return.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

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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.

10 replies
    • Kellie
      Kellie says:

      My brother is having a rough week. He’s recently gone to a nursing home and just feeling that he has nothing to live for any more. It looks like how he says he feels too.

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

    I have learnt that giving yo others will lead back to you from another or same source. We can do that in whatever way you can do. It doesn’t take very much but the results may keep you feeling better for a long time..
    Just a phone call, (when you can find the phone) to a friend is a good start.

  2. Mary
    Mary says:

    If I’m having a challenging day and I start to read your post and it’s so positive, I get mad. But every time, by the time I get to the end, I think you’re right and it might not be such a bad day. You have a gift thank you for sharing it

  3. Joan F
    Joan F says:

    Thank you for sharing – your site has helped me immensely. I am new to MS they diagnosed me last year at 79 years of age. I’m trying to learn to listen to my body – love your cartoons they really helped me understand what I am going through and how fortunate I am that it’s not worse than it is. You are a gem!

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