Sometimes life dumps a pile of poop on top of your head

Sometimes life comes along and dumps a big ole stinkin’ pile of poop right on top of your head. It doesn’t ring the doorbell or schedule an appointment either. No, it comes around unannounced and without warning. I would love the opportunity to throw it back or pile it up at its front door…on fire, but somehow I can’t seem to find a shovel or a wheelbarrow when I need one.

But you know, I have learned to appreciate those piles of stench when they come. Sounds crazy, I know, but some of the most amazing flowers I have ever seen have grown out of the most terrible of circumstances. I saw a beautiful, radiant flower growing in the middle of a smelly old compost pile once (that’s just a nice way of saying a pile of poop). There’s something powerful and amazing about a flower growing in the midst of tragedy. Imagine all it had to go through just to bloom, to grow. It had to push through a whole lot of crap, suffer more than most, yet somehow found the strength to rise up and bloom where it was planted…in the middle of a mess.

I’m sure it felt suffocated, unappreciated, unlovely, unimportant, and even out of place, especially seeing all the other flowers enjoying the comforts of the flower bed. Yet there it was stuck in a pile of poop. That would make any flower contemplate giving up.

Over the years, I have noticed that life is full of piles of poop. As we walk this journey, sometimes we are going to step in some pretty big smelly piles of it too. Sometimes life is going to keep piling it up. Pile after pile, mess after mess, struggle after struggle. And when that happens, our first reaction tends to include throwing our hands up with serious thoughts of quitting.

Maybe you’ve been pooped on by life and you’ve simply had more than you think you can handle. Maybe MS has been bothering you more lately than in times past. Maybe you are overwhelmed with the constant challenges you face and the never ending uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring. Maybe you have other things added into the mix with MS like problems with your finances, marriage, relationships, kids, and job.

But you know what? Even with all the difficulties and disappointments, I know you’re not a quitter. You are like that amazing, beautiful flower growing in the middle of a mess. That’s pretty incredible if you ask me. Don’t miss out on living because you find yourself surrounded by a pile of poop. It’s time to push through all that mess, hold your head high and bloom where you are planted. You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you can change your perspective and find beauty in the mess.

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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.

30 replies
  1. Sheri
    Sheri says:

    Thank you. This is the hard truth and yet you made me giggle.

    I so appreciate your ability to speak in such uplifting yet raw snipets of the MSLife.

  2. Pmdbio
    Pmdbio says:

    Sometimes you just have to tell it like it is… pile of poop. Oh my… laughing and smiling about the truth of it.

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

    That’s a good reminder for me. This morning (yes it is morning here) I went to get some more books from some boxes in the garage. Everything had been moved around and the boxes were buried behind things so I went to shift some pieces and ended up on the concrete floor. Thankfully I didn’t crack my head and I managed to get up reasonably unharmed. But I thought then I got left behind again and that was a little frustrating.
    Butat the end of all things I’m still alive and the world hasn’t ended (I think) and I can get over it. Nothing the MS can throw at me will not take me away.

    • Penelope Conway
      Penelope Conway says:

      You’re amazing Rodger. Many times you bring a smile to my face as I read your comments to something I’ve written. Thanks for your insight. And I’m glad you didn’t get hurt.

  4. Mary E Slavik
    Mary E Slavik says:

    You really hit he nail, OOPS, I mean poop on the head. Thank you so much for this. You make my day when I read your posts. Blessings to you!!

  5. Tria Dassler
    Tria Dassler says:

    Like these muscle spasms at night… night after night after night. Baclofen doesn’t work, sleeping pills didn’t work. I’m not low potassium or magnesium. I drink lots of water. Seltzer water doesn’t work. Ideas?

    • Sheri
      Sheri says:

      Apple cider vinegar in water with flavor of choice may help. I qm bummed nothing has helped so far

      I might keep up a banana a day and plenty of water.

  6. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    And another absolutely wonderful post – thank you!
    &..: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!! 😀

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