Be the best you that you can be

Have you ever made it through your day when suddenly the thought hits you, “What did I do today?” Then as you contemplated the answer, you realized you don’t actually remember what occupied your time. You even have periods of the day you lost either due to naps, periods of brain fog, or MS moments.

Those kinds of losses, or should I say feelings of defeat, have a tendency to weigh heavy on a person’s thoughts and can even cause you to feel less of a person or useless. After all, you know how much time it should take you to shower and prepare for your day, but even something as simple as that has become difficult to manage. Your meaning of accomplishment has changed over the years from scaling a mountain, to climbing a flight of stairs, to walking ten steps, to getting out of bed.

But no matter what you are able to get done today—whether it’s running a marathon, walking to the mailbox, or making sure the couch doesn’t get lonely—as long as you do the best you can in all that you do…that’s what matters. Your best will be different than mine and may be different than your best was last year, last month or even yesterday.

You can’t spend your day muddling through regrets, weighty thoughts and unnecessary worries. You’ve heard the phrase seize the day? Well, this is your day to seize. Take ahold of today and make it yours. Shake off everything that is keeping you from simply being your best and actually living. Shake off those feelings of doubt, defeat, and disappointments.

You are not a burden because your best requires help from others, and you are not a failure because it takes you longer to finish just about everything you do. Just do your best and don’t allow your mind to wander thinking about what could-a, should-a, would-a been. Today may not be your best day, just don’t let that keep you from being your best in it.

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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.

14 replies
  1. Judith
    Judith says:

    It’s 4pm and I’m just sitting here under the fan with my iPad, looking at my overflowing loungeroom. Can’t get motivated to do anything, and it’s only partly due to the heat. But, I had breakfast (eventually), a shower and dressed (an hour later), one cup of coffee, 5 cigarettes and nothing else. However, found this site and feel better. Others understand. Now smiling – and am going in to make the bed. Thank you.

  2. Jana Morgan
    Jana Morgan says:

    Fantastic message today as I am always thinking I wish I could do more but I have done quite a few things today so I can now relax guilt free and just do nothing.

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope that came as a welcome message for me. I’ve got to stop thinking I’m a prisoner at home but start to think of the good things I have around me and stop ‘overthinking’ my place.

  4. Della Smalley
    Della Smalley says:

    I went to the store yesterday with my husband and I had a bad day,I felt so weird n my legs didn’t do what my brain wanted ,am I the only one today??But we have to keep on going

  5. Dee Boos
    Dee Boos says:

    I write things down in my date book if I accomplish anything. It helps remind me I did accomplish something when I think I’ve done nothing.

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