Just so you know, I have my bad days too. I have times when the struggle to think a clear thought causes me to cry rather than laugh. I know what it feels like to be overlooked when plans are being made by friends or co-workers. I know how exhausting, painful and utterly depressing life can be when Multiple Sclerosis just won’t give you a break.
And it’s okay to feel like that. It’s normal. It’s actually quite healthy. It just proves that you’re human. That what you are going through is real. No one…and I mean NO ONE, gets through life only experiencing sunshine and roses. We ALL have moments of mud puddles and torrential rains.
Did you know that without a bad day we wouldn’t know what a good one was? Without the bad things in life…the good wouldn’t really matter. In a way, you could look at it this way: as being grateful for the bad times because they make the good ones that much more enjoyable.
We all have bad days…but we also have the opportunity for good ones. So if you are in the middle of a bad day, bad week, bad year…know that a good one is coming.
Sometimes they sneak up on you without you even noticing. You catch yourself humming a tune as you rinse off the dishes or whistling as you start a load of laundry. Other times it’s more like you won the lottery as moment after moment piles on top of you of great and wonderful things. You find yourself happy and wearing a smile the entire day, week or year. You feel blessed, wonderful, relieved, and care-free.
Those exhilarating times are amazing when they come. They are a welcomed relief to the struggle. Don’t let the fact that you are having a hard time smiling today keep you from smiling tomorrow. Don’t give MS the satisfaction of stealing your smile.
The good and bad ebb and flow just like the tides of the ocean. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to ride the waves. This way when the waters swell and the waves begin pounding at the shore, you won’t go under. You will simply ride it through. And when the waters calm, you will be able to rest.
If you are in the middle of a storm right now, hang on, it will get better. If you are in the middle of glorious rest, hang on and tuck those precious moments down into the deepest places of your heart to be remembered for all times. Never lose your smile. Carry it around with you everywhere you go so that when the bad days come, you will have something to pull out and wear.
It’s an amazing thing to see someone smiling in a storm. It’s like finding a rainbow or watching rays of the sun as they peak out from behind the clouds. You have the ability to do that…to be that. To be something beautiful in the dreariness of life.
Be the rainbow, be the sunshine, and help someone else be the same. Imagine how bright this world would be if we all found our rainbows and sunshine at the same time. Never give up hope!