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What a mess

Have you ever felt worthless, hopeless and more like a crumpled piece of paper tossed into a trash can than anything of value? What is it about living with MS that makes people feel like an outcast? And it’s not just MS either…most of the world feels that way.

The world has created this image of life. It’s an image of unrealistic perfection. I hate to burst someone bubble here, but no one is perfect. Seriously! No one! We are all flawed in our own way. It may be a disability, a crooked toe or a birthmark covering your arm. But to me those aren’t imperfections…they are beauty. Yes, beauty. And we become even more beautiful because of the person we are inside.

We are much like the first cake I made. I spent a lot of time and effort putting together my masterpiece. My attempt at making a cake appeared to be a disaster. Each layer of the cake broke as I was removing them from the pans. I carefully pieced everything together on a plate but I think my icing was a bit too thin or maybe I piled it on too thick because the top layer was leaning to one side and looked as if the slightest breeze would send it toppling to the floor. It looked like something ready for the garage heap.

I discovered in that moment that it was okay to be imperfect. I made no apologies for a misshapen leaning cake. After all…cake is delicious in any form. My cake may not have won a blue ribbon that day, but at the end of the day, every morsel of it had been eaten and enjoyed. Perfect or not…it was pretty darn good.

A group of people in Paraguay decided to make music from things found in a landfill…from the imperfect and broken. It’s amazing the music they created from things others carelessly tossed away.

It seems people get tossed away just as easily as the items found in a landfill, but that shouldn’t be. Everything has beauty in it…even you, MS and all. You may be imperfect, flawed, hurting and broken, but your song is perfection. Watch this video to see just how beautiful broken things really are…and remind yourself that you’re amazing just as you are.

Get your oomph back

Most of the time when in pain or dealing with an onslaught of symptoms, you don’t feel like doing anything. The simple act of getting yourself up in the morning, making your bed and showering to begin the day can be daunting. I guarantee you that if you chose to wait until you “feel like it” to get out of bed, it would never happen.

You can’t allow your feelings to win in life and determine your day. You wouldn’t get anything done. It takes strength to stand up to your feelings…especially the ones that lie to you saying that you can’t do something or that you are worthless and of little importance. I describe strength as that little bit of oomph you give when there’s nothing left to give.

There have been days when I have lost my oomph. It’s a slippery little bugger and an easy thing to lose, that’s for sure. I lost my oomph just the other day. I’m not sure where it went to hide…maybe under the bed, or in the closet, or under the refrigerator along with all the ice cubes I keep kicking under there when one falls to the floor. It hid really well though and took me a bit of time to find it.

You know where my oomph was? It was right here inside me the whole time.

Michelangelo, the great painter, sculptor, poet and engineer knew that all too well. When he was selecting marble to use for the statue of David, he had his choice of the finest marble around but settled for what was considered a ruined stone. All the other sculptors rejected the flawed looking piece of marble considering it to be of no value. Do you know why Michelangelo chose a piece others didn’t want? Because he looked inside the stone and saw a masterpiece. He found the beauty and strength within the stone.

You are strong and inside of you is a whole lot of oomph waiting to break out. You don’t have to be perfect or flawless…you just have to be YOU. The strong and beautiful YOU that you are!