What will you do?

You may not approach each new day with the kind of excitement a kid has when anticipating a field trip to the zoo or the thrill of a runner winning the gold medal as they cross the finish line, but there’s something special about today. Special enough to add a bit of awe and wonder to your life.

Think about it…the sun woke up this morning just for you. A new day was unwrapped and you have been handed an entire day filled with limitless possibilities. What will you do with it? Today, 1440 minutes belong to you. Will you spend them grumbling about how unfair life is and how hard things have become for you, or will you look for hidden treasures that cause you to smile? Yes, you can find some really amazing things in life even when you’re living with a chronic illness.

You may be in a hospital bed unable to manage on your own or stuck in rush-hour traffic on your way to an important meeting. You may have deadlines, a doctor’s appointment, your child’s recital to attend, or a birthday party to plan. You may be overwhelmed with unexpected changes or sad and lonely as you trudge through the struggles in life being misunderstood.

I know some people constantly gravitate to negative thinking. That’s actually one of the easiest things to do. It’s easy to believe you’ve been handed the worst possible life on the planet. It’s easy to find things you don’t like about your life and to focus on the pain, mistreatments and unjust actions of others. It’s easy to look down at the mud puddles and the mess that surrounds you.

But if you spend your entire day looking down, you will miss the things in life that can make it beautiful. There’s an entirely different world out there when you look up compared to looking down all the time.

Dwelling on the bad things around you and about how awful your circumstances are won’t change anything. It won’t cause you to suddenly win the lottery, find a cure for MS, or have the storybook relationship you’ve always wanted. Life just doesn’t work that way.

You have to learn to take the bad with the good and to look up more than you look down. Don’t be afraid to use your 1440 minutes to sit quietly and sip your tea, or even take a nap. It’s okay to use them to cry a little, but try to laugh more. It’s not about cramming your day full of activity or pretending everything is fine and dandy. It’s about purposefully spending each minute of your day determined to find the good rather than bad.

Be thankful for today. It won’t make your situation different, but it will make you different, and it will even make your day different.

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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.

8 replies
  1. Heather
    Heather says:

    Good morning ,Penelope,
    Well I am coming out of my first four days of vertigo with MS. Made a trip to our Emerg. Got the checkup and the meds, back home to bed. This is the first time I have had vertigo not the most pleasant feeling ,but to be on bed rest. I felt completely isolated. Only because I could not access my iPad or phone or tv. My hubby still works and would set me up for the day.. And I am still very active or as much as possible with my MS. I am still learning about Pacing, but still forget and push myself. So I was feeling sorry for myself.
    Thank goodness today I could read your blog. I look forward to it every Monday. You show me it’s okay to say no, or I am tired. And not feel guilty. Or best of all that I don’t have to give an explanation at all. And that sometimes it’s just okay to smile and shake my head at people. My favorite lately is ” Does it really matter?”
    Thanks for making me laugh, cry, and know that I only have to take one day at a time.

  2. Joy
    Joy says:

    Thanks for another great time reading the words you put together.
    I love being happy and sharing the little joys of life with others.

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

    Thanks for this comment Penelope it’s good to feel good. I looked at the sun this morning (and it’s winter here) and thought ‘it’s good to have my cataracts remove soon so I don’t feel druge to my eyeballs’. The problem causes a strange picture in my hea. I can see what the druggies see when they are stocked. And this is not from MS thankfully because it will be fixed. I will be able to read comfortably and not take ten minutes to read a page trying to decipher words that at least know.
    But you are right we have to be ‘positive about our life or we will lose and let MS rule us all together and that is not a good place to be at.
    Keep up the encouraging blogs, it certainly helps put a smile on my face.

  4. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    How true…. again! You’re amazing
    Thank You for always relisbly finding the right words!!!

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