A lesson from Eeyore

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

I hate to say it, but Eeyore is right. That gloomy, grey stuffed donkey that lives in the southeast corner of the Hundred Acre Wood is right. His thoughts may be deep and at times rather dreary, but even he can find something positive in a sad kind of day. Surprise! I bet you didn’t think that was even possible for him to do, did you?

I know many Eeyore’s…people who seem sad all the time and tend to focus of the bad in everything happening around them. People who sit in their gloomy place finding mistake after mistake rather than looking outside to see that the wind is capable of blowing those gloomy bits of life away.

Today it may be gloomy, rainy and muddy in your neck of the woods, but how about looking on the bright side of things instead. You don’t have to go through it alone. I’m here with you along with that person over there, and that one over there, and this one right here.

If your balloon should pop, if your house should cave in, if your tail should fall off, you have a group of friends who love you, understand you, and will be there to help you navigate through the difficult paths. Sometimes those friends are a phone call away or just around the corner, other times they are across the miles and found at the end of wires, cables and computer screens. But you are not alone, I can guarantee you that.

Don’t let the gloomy circumstances in front of you keep you from seeing the possibility of something great happening in your life. Sure, it’s easy to find all the things that are wrong or worry about those things that could go wrong, but just this once decide to find something you can be thankful for even in the gloomy parts. If Eeyore can do it, then I know you can too!

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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.

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

    An interesting character is Eeyore. That brings back a recent item that has happened around here. Back in February 2011 I was putting some recycling out, after lunch, and the ground rolled under me and my first thought was am I having an attack? But I wasn’t and after 14,000 aftershocks in the following 18 months hammered it home, it was an earthquake and there is nothing you can do about it
    It has been a changeable time and that thought of yours about a person feeling sad and worried about nothing is what Asperger’s is like. The young woman (who we’ve known all her life) has that and it fits her like a glove.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    What about those who have a family and church that is deliberately withholding help and support, of even honest communication? When all you get in return is gaslighting, and that going on for years.

    • joy renzelmann
      joy renzelmann says:

      I hope I can get the words on here correct. My thoughts from my head to my fingers is one of problems with the MS.

      In regards to others withholding-God has a plan for all of us and the hard part is to let go and let Him in charge. I feel this has and still is being done to me at times. But I don’t know?? Most of all what they are doing or going through. I have learned to let it go… Still working on that… It comes to fully trusting God for me.
      This hurts a lot when other’s with hold help I have cried so many tears and still do.. But I have to keep going and look for other ways most of all what God is asking of me..

      Letting go!! The MS has been a great a teacher for this.
      Sometimes it comes to you making a choice on what is going to be best for you.. You might be missing out on something if you don’t try something new.

  3. joy renzelmann
    joy renzelmann says:

    LOL!! Learning what I can and can not do is always new.. I don’t know how some of you can work take care of kids and a home? My Love and prayers go out to you but most of all support.. I am finally feeling like me today after just a past few days of doing things in the home visiting a friend shopping-not all in the same day. I am very thankful that the disability went through for me, it was my second time but having a lawyer did help. I too am doing this journey on my own and there are days I just get so mad at my family for not evening checking on me-If I would ever die in this home know would know for weeks but if something would happen I can’t get to the phone?? I trust God enough that these things will not happen or He will be here to help as always.. I hope me speaking of God does not bother other’s if so please let me know.

    I did go off of face book due to it’s just not for me.. You see I see my family with other’s and family but have a hard time driving 20+ min. to help me or bring the grand baby.. I used to pay for the gas to have them bring William but they have way more money then me and that is there responsibility. So now I don’t see him. Plus my son’s wife let’s say she is just 22 yrs old so I think you may know what I am trying to say.

    Okay got away from just being happy!!! It really works and the best part you don’t even know how many people you are helping with being happy and laughing. I just found out from a women on the phone I made her day when we talked cause of my laugh. When things don’t go as fast or have problems with getting what you want now I have had to learn not to be demanding and just stop and enjoy the ride. If you are not at this point start trying this has and will always be a on going lesson/season. Britten up other’s life it help’s with our own.. Thanks for the space and time
    Blessings to all

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