Life really is what you make it. I know that sounds so cliche, but it’s true. You have the chance to turn a bad thing around into something good. How? By changing your focus. If you spend your time constantly looking at the bad things happening around you, you will end up missing those small yet amazingly great things that happen every day. Things like…
a caring hug from a friend
a funny comment from your child
air-conditioning on a hot day
peace and quiet for 5 minutes in a busy home
an unexpected letter of thanks
a cloud shaped like a bear
an empty laundry basket
a day without falls
a nap…or two
a parking spot right in front
the perfect pancake
the smell of fresh cut grass
a new book
a forgotten ten dollar bill in your pocket
So many things…every day…things that we take for granted, yet have the potential to make our day less painful and possibly even come with a laugh or a giggle.
Stop and look around you. Even today, with all you have happening, it’s a good day. I know it’s not easy, but try not to look at the struggle. I understand that living with Multiple Sclerosis has its problems. They are real and they hurt. I’m not saying you should pretend they don’t exist. I’m just saying change what you are looking at.
If you spend your time focused on the pain in your life, the pain will be what grows. At times it can become bigger than life itself. Yet if you shift your focus to those little surprises in your day…those wonderful smiles that are handed to you…you will discover the pain will begin to lessen.
The struggles, disappointments and pain won’t go away entirely, but they will no longer be so overwhelming. The more you search for the good, the more you will find it and the easier your day will be to get through. Try it. You just might be surprised at what you find.