Life may be crumbling around you

Today is going to be a good day. Not because the sun is shining and everything is great today, because it’s not right now. Not because MS is behaving at the moment and allowing me to have a somewhat normal morning, because it’s not as I drag myself out of bed longing for another 8 hours of sleep. Not because life is perfect, stress is gone, bank accounts are overflowing and pain has disappeared because none of that has happened.

It’s going to be a good day because I choose for it to be. You see, I can have a terrible, horrible, down-right awful day and still find something beautiful in the mess. It’s all in the way I look at the things happening around me.

I was the kind of kid that when given a punishment or required to do something I really didn’t want to do, I would turn it into something fun. When I was told to rake the yard, instead of moaning about the task in front of me, you would find me dancing around the yard with an imaginary date or sword fighting with the rake just to turn the difficult job into a moment of fun. Sure it took me longer to rid the yard of its leaves, but I had while fun doing it.

If I was placed in the corner for a moment of silence, you would find me playing intently with a piece of string I found on my socks pretending it to be a friendly bug, or counting the flowers on the wallpaper. I just had the knack at finding the good in bad moments or at the least entertaining myself in the process.

You may be thinking “That’s great, but you don’t know what my life is like and how hard things are for me”…which is true. But no matter what is happening around you, you can choose to drag yourself along defeated and miserable or hold your head up high regardless of the battle and find something beautiful in the mess.

Don’t let the storm blowing around you keep you from enjoying life. Find something fun in the chaos of your day. Choose to never give up, give in or quit. Life may be crumbling around you but are not going to crumble. Hold onto the good and let the rest go. Be one of the few that truly knows the joy of dancing in the rain and laughing in the pain. Even a road full of potholes can get you where you’re going. Smile today…and pass it on.

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About the Author
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.

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

    Great video with a very positive message. I had a few this morning at mainly music with the kids and their mums as well. I feel as though they are getting used to me as most have not seen what I did before.
    But a smile can be infectious and good for you.

  2. Orla curry
    Orla curry says:

    You really are an inspiration to those of us who do not yet know what path in life is engraved for us

  3. Irene Robinson says:

    I shared this with my listeners on my radio show this morning.. Gave you credit but was perfect way to start Monday.. The name of my show is The Mighty Mess”

  4. Louise Aston
    Louise Aston says:

    Smiling.. With a happy tear in the corner of my eye .. What a great video 😆😊☺️, thanks Penelope xx

  5. Kifah SaaDi says:

    ” I just had the knack at finding the good in bad moments or at the least entertaining myself in the process” thank you for everything ❤

  6. Houda Alijate
    Houda Alijate says:

    Most people say that I’m weird for being diagnosed at the age of 10, but you just have to smile and think of yourself as something special…

    Happiness is just a state of mind and if you think of yourself as happy, you’ll be happy!

    Thanks for the post! xx

  7. Carla L Broadbent Rogers
    Carla L Broadbent Rogers says:

    With this last month of pain…..my sides hurt from all the laughing. Thank you for being an angel on my shoulder. Be well.

  8. Roland Clarke
    Roland Clarke says:

    Thanks Penelope, I’m feeling better after reading that and I’m now “laughing in the pain”.

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