When I was little I wouldn’t let anyone near me to put drops in my eyes. In my mind, anything associated with something being put into my eye meant pain and discomfort. I think the reason I felt this way was because I remembered all the times I had accidentally gotten small pieces on bark in my eyes while climbing trees (yes, I was one of those kids)…and I remembered how painful and discomforting the whole experience could be. Somehow I associated anything that had to do with my eyes to being painful…even if it wasn’t.
Our feelings are important and we need to listen to them, but they don’t always tell the truth. Sometimes our feelings lie to us. They have this way of causing us unwarranted anxiety, anger, and even fear.
Remember the first time you had to stand before a large group of people to speak…the anxiety that caused your stomach to tie in knots? That was your feelings lying to you causing you to fear something that probably would never happen. And even if the worst thing you could ever imagine did happened, even if you were to stumble over your words or forget what you were going to say, even if someone laughed at you, life would go on. But somehow feelings got in the way and brought along a whirlwind of possibilities that caused an upset to your inner peace.
Being emotionally strong is the same. It has nothing to do with how you feel. If it did, no one would be strong. We all have been to a place in life when our feelings where misdirecting us and telling us it’s time to quit…time to give up. Everyone! Even that person who outwardly appears to have everything all together. Even they have, at one time or another, felt helpless and unsure that they could keep going.
What do you do when your feelings are lying to you, screaming at you, telling you life is too hard? You keep going.
You are going to get through today. The pain you are facing, the uncertainty of life, the struggle you are in the middle of…it’s going to lessen and you are going to make it. Don’t allow your feelings to tell you any differently. You are brave, you are important, you are valued, you are needed, and you are STRONG. Don’t let MS or anything else in life convince you otherwise.