Singing bird

Live, love, laugh and be happy

I was awakened this morning by a bird singing outside my window. Did I say singing? I meant loudly squawking at 4:00 AM without any pauses for air. What in the world is a bird doing up so early in the morning? Are worms even up yet? I think the worms are still asleep, which means this early bird isn’t going to get a worm for a few more hours. It would be nice if he would just go back to bed and let me sleep a little while longer. What is he so cheerful about anyway? It’s not like he won the lottery or something. Whatever the reason, he woke up with a song in his heart and he is making sure everyone knows about it.

I had a friend like that. When she woke up in the mornings, she didn’t pause to collect her thoughts or to plan out her day, she was just immediately cheery. It was super annoying too. I don’t wake up well to someone singing,

“Wake up, wake up you sleepy head
Get up, get out of your bed
Cheer up, cheer up the sun is red
Live, love, laugh and be happy”

I would think, “Yeah, you’re going to live, love, laugh and be happy when I whack you upside the head with this toaster.” But you know, I never did hit her with the toaster. I always made it through the morning, and so did the toaster.

I did notice that the song she would be singing, I would eventually be singing too. It wouldn’t happen right away, but eventually I would be eating my cereal and catch myself tapping my foot and humming along. Then, as I would be getting ready for my day, a song would come out. Before you knew it, I would be belting out a song from a movie or singing along with the radio. It’s kind of like when you hear a song in a commercial and you find yourself singing that tune everywhere you go because it somehow got stuck in your head.

Cheerful people can be super annoying in the wee hours of the morning, but you know, no matter how annoying they are, we could learn a lot from someone who wakes up with an instant song in their heart. The world could be crashing in all around us, storms could be blowing, tsunamis could be washing everything away, flood waters could be rising, yet there’s still a song to sing. No one or nothing can take your song away, not even Multiple Sclerosis. That’s something you own. You and you alone.

So this morning, find your song and sing it. If you need to collect your thoughts first like I do, that’s okay. Take the time you need to wake up fully, but once you are up and at em’, sing…sing your song with all your heart. Cut loose and let out the song that’s hiding deep inside you. And if you can’t find your song today, that’s okay too. Get around someone with a song to share. Before you know it, you will be singing it too. You might even find yourself dancing a step or two. Find your happy!

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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.

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

    It’s good to get cherry in the awake time.(This maybe morning, afternoon, or midnight).I sometimes wake up happy but other times confused, and other times angry at something. But I’m looking at changing that so I can wake up somewhat happy with myself. I have had enough rubbish go on in my life that I need some more happiness around.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    I have to admit that here lately haven’t been reading by daily emails. But today I decided that I would and the first one I read is was about people saying that it’s all in our heads, and just made me realize that most of the people around me have either said that to me or think that. I’ve been having a rough go at it since May. I broke my tibia and fibia on May 18 of this year and I’m sitting here 5 months later, with my leg still broke. I have proud stood with the motto “I’m not right in the head”. That motto started when I was in high school, because I walked to the beat of a different drummer. I have never tried to go with the crowd. Well with my leg 4 months after the original surgery and me telling everyone that my leg wasn’t straight they finally realized that, and to find out it was 45° off, plus there had been times NO mending of the bones, had the surgery to correct it,. Hopefully now it will heal. I hate this walker!!!!!

    Penelope I love your blogs, they lift me up.

  3. Leslie Beaver says:

    I have always been like that bird. Up early and chatty. Before coffee has made my wife able to tolerate such zest. I have learned to simmer down. But every once in a while, I still forget.

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