It’s time…

There is always something that can be found in a day to bring you down and cause you misery. Our lives offer an endless supply of difficulties, obstacles and problems. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, hard times are real and life can be terribly unfair.

You may feel left out, ignored and isolated because your life has changed too much, too fast.
Those closest to you may not understand your struggles.
Your bank balance may be too low and your bills too high.
A friend may have said or done something that hurt you deeply and left you broken.
Weakness in your body may be keeping you from taking part in doing the things you enjoy the most.

There are A LOT of things in life that stink…really stink…really, REALLY stink! That stink worse than a soiled diaper left out in the hot summer sun on a pile of garbage in a sewer.

There are things in life that seem completely unfair and that downright hurt.
Things that you never chose to have happen to you.
Things that make you angry and at times cause you to feel all alone.
Things that you have no control over.
Things that cause you pain, heartache and despair.
Things that bring you to tears and you don’t even know why.

Instead of thinking about all those negative, weighty, terrible things in life, let go of the pain that comes from them and the worry of tomorrow. I know it’s not easy, but it’s time.

Let go of the thoughts that run through your mind keeping you from being happy right now.
Let go of anything that doesn’t feel peaceful.
Let go of what is not yours to carry.
Let go of the sorrow that holds tightly to your heart.
Let go of the anger that grips you.
Let go of the fears.
Let go of the tears.
Let go of the sorrow, the sadness, and grief.

You’re not living in a fairy tale. This life in front of you is real. People break promises. Lovers hurt you. Your business partners can fool you. Sickness can overtake you. Life throws some really hurtful punches. There’s no getting away from it. Life just happens.

It’s time to remove the toxic thoughts that cause you so much pain….and people if it’s needed. Let go and let live. You know you deserve the best and that means you need to take care of yourself. That’s not being selfish, that’s being human.

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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.

12 replies
  1. Robbin R Briscoe-Sudduth says:

    Yesterday was a very hard day for me and I thought that I would share my story in a “safe place”. I was diagnosed with MS in 2012. My employer changed my schedule from working from home full-time, to me being in the office full-time. As many of us who suffer from this disease realizes this is a difficult task, however I need money and had to do it. I asked my employer for certain accommodations. They dragged their feet. I contacted the EEOC several months ago, and found out yesterday that they are going to close my case, because according to the investigator assigned to my case “I’m not sick enough? Working has become extremely difficult for me. I feel terrible and there is nothing that I can do about it. I am extremely discouraged. I was told that if I am unable to to the job that my employer is asking of me, then I can be terminated. I also suffer from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and other things as well. Does anyone have any words of encouragement or know of any help?..Did I mention that a co-worker in my same job class has been working from home for 6 years straight because she has an autoimmune disease? I was working from home doing the same position, and was told that that is HER job and that I shouldn’t expect to work from home because my co-workers is “sicker than me”. This information all came from the EEOC investigator, whom I thought was a neutral party. I am open to suggestions…

  2. Maureen Fairhurst
    Maureen Fairhurst says:

    It’s really hard to let go of all the negativity I’ve had to deal with for the past 37 years, yet I try everyday to be positive. Most of the time I’m successful; however, there are days when I still feel sorry for myself and everything I’ve endured and still endure every day 24/7/365. I can no longer cry due to my tear ducts and besides SPMS, I have a multitude of other chronic illnesses that would drive anyone else insane! I enjoy reading your blog, as well as all your tweets on Twitter! I look forward to seeing them everyday and interacting with you Penelope <3 You have changed my life for the better and for this, I can't thank you enough! MS does not define me anymore! It's my life, I have the ultimate power controlling how I live and whom I love! I will continue to inspire people to the best of my abilities until I no longer can! I love you Penelope, thank you sweetheart <3

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks again Penelope you have a good grip on this comment. The young lady that was staying with us had Aspergis and she always thought of negatives when making choices. So I do know what you mean.
    I try not to lower myself to that area, after all if I did I would be a basket case with what I have been through and still going through. However keep looking for the goo things that are in your life. on’t let your ‘myself, run you. As the song says, ” there’s a rainbow of colours for us to see” so we should look for the colours in our lives and not the darkness

  4. Joan Bates Cronk says:

    Some days it’s hard to keep a smile from turning to a frown. But knowing that we are all struggling with something gives us hope. Thank you for being such an honest inspiration!

  5. Chris
    Chris says:

    Thank you Penelope ! This is my life focus for me and for others! Yep, life stinks sometimes but what you focus on increases! Focus on ALL the positive blessings in your life and you will notice them more and more!
    You are an inspiration to many! Thank you for being a positive force in the world!!

  6. Kate Aquilino
    Kate Aquilino says:

    Great post. It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with it that counts!

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