When you come to a place in life and nothing happening around you is “normal”…well, at least no longer your normal, take heart. Days change, times change, seasons change, life changes and we have to learn to shift with those changes. Some changes will come along and they will excite us. Things like a new baby in the family, a graduation, a promotion, a surprise gift. Those things are welcomed and make us smile. They bring joy to our heart and cause our insides to dance.
The changes we seem to cringe about are the ones that upset our comfort. Things like losing the ability to do something, ending a career, shedding friendships, unwelcome shifts to our routine. When changes happen that we don’t like, there are two choices in front of us. We can become angry, allowing the changes to drown us and swallow any bit of life we have left inside of us or we can rise above the challenges thrown our way and use them to become a better person.
I know you don’t want to become someone filled with bitterness and anger at what is happening in your life, but I also know that it’s not easy to rise above the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis and find something of meaning in the mess. If it was easy everyone would be doing it, right?!
In case no one has ever told you, I want you to know…you are strong and even though you have moments when you are ready to throw in the towel, I know you are not a quitter. How do I know that? Well, because you are reading this, you are pushing through, you are making it regardless of what’s happening. Even when you have days that you crumble to the floor in tears, you always get back up.
It’s not easy. Boy, do I know that. But you do it. You get up. You push through. Don’t ever let a set back, change, or shift in life stop you from living. Keep moving. Keep going. MS may end your ability to do something or change the way you function, but it can never keep you from living. Never forget that.
Today you are awake, breathing, your heart is beating, you’re alive. If that’s the only thing you can be thankful for…that’s enough. Take this day one moment at a time, one step at a time, one second at a time. The hard times won’t last but the strength they build in you will.