Autumn is my favorite time of year. There’s something magical about it. It’s a time when the trees change colors, the air gets cooler, and the smells of apple cider and pumpkin spice fill the air. Give me some hot chocolate, an oversized sweater and a fire in the fireplace and you won’t see me for days, especially if you add some graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. S’mores…oh, yeah!
This time of year is a time I choose to reflect back on all that I’ve been through over the year. I pause and take the time to look at how far I’ve come and at all I’ve overcome. This year has had its fill of obstacles, hurdles and road blocks. I have cried, laughed, gotten angry, frustrated, scared, and comforted. Multiple Sclerosis has tagged along with me every step of the way, and although MS makes me feel terribly weak and useless, in looking back I see just how strong I actually am.
What would have brought me to tears at the beginning of the year is now something I am able to push through without even flinching. I can see the strength now, but when I was in the middle of the struggle I didn’t believe I had any strength, courage, or toughness at all. It’s amazing how that happens.
Take time this week to pause and look back at the year that has already gone by, at all you’ve been through, dealt with and overcome. You are amazingly strong. The warrior in you is still in the fight. Be proud of that!
And in the looking back, don’t forget that you also have incredible days still ahead to still create. This year isn’t over yet. You have a future, not just a past.