Living in a storm

Every storm has an end. Think about it. There is not one hurricane, tornado, tsunami or flood that is still threatening destruction. They have all come to an end. Some brought great fear and loss along with them, but they all ended.

You have endured some tremendous storms in your lifetime. Storms that seemed to come out of nowhere and slammed into you full force. No warning, no preparations, but you made it through them. You have endured some extremely tough times too—relationship struggles, financial difficulties, health problems—yet each storm has come to an end at some point in time.

We have this tendency to think that what we are currently facing is the hardest thing to ever happen and that we aren’t going to make it through, but then tomorrow comes and we make it. Yes, there are tears; yes, there is pain; yes, we feel as if we are about to take our very last breath…but the storm calms and we find ourselves on the other side.

No storm lasts forever. It may seem like they do, but if you take time to look back at everything you have come through in life, you have made it to the other side of some crazy, difficult and troubling times…but you’ve come through them. That’s the important part. You made it. Maybe a little weary and beaten up, but you made it.

Life didn’t overtake you. You didn’t crumble. You may look different. You may have battle scars, but somehow, some way, the storm ended and you managed to see the sun shine and a rainbow light up the sky once again. You will do it again, too.

Today, you may feel as if you are surrounded by an earthquake, strong winds, a downpour, tsunami or lightening. You may even feel like they are all hitting you at once, but even this crazy, mixed-up storm has an end. Don’t lose heart. Don’t lose hope. Let the winds blow and the rains fall, but know that you are going to make it through. You have endured much already, you will endure this too. Hold on!

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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.

12 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    It reminds me of the earthquake we had in 2011. After 14,000 after shakes it almost became ‘usual’. I remember when it first hit. We had come home from a mainly music session and while Janice was prepare lunch I was putting some recycling outside (about 12:50 in the afternoon) and I felt like I was having an attack from MS, but it wasn’t me that was moving it was the ground.
    During the next 18 months things had certainly changed. I say some weird and wonderful things I never thought I would see or experience. Like a road rippling and moving my car sideways a short distance (about 3 feet). Our city was demolished by it and now still quite empty.
    But we survived and are still living, even if it is harder and more problems have come our way, not only from the devastation but other sources not related.

  2. Irene Roeder
    Irene Roeder says:

    I hope you don’t mind my asking you if you are okay. With every thing happening in America I am concerned about you. I am in Canada and don’t know how I could help, but I and most of Canada cares. You are our friends and neighbors.

  3. Roland Clarke
    Roland Clarke says:

    I seem to be on a slippery slope, but not sure if it’s a mudslide or an avalanche yet.

    • Jana Morgan
      Jana Morgan says:

      I feel like you do and am so tired of everything either going wrong or is so hard to do. One step forward and two steps back it seems.

  4. Doug Wineburner
    Doug Wineburner says:

    yes it is but we just have to fight our way and give that extra others don’t have to make it. no one said battling ms was gonna be easy try battling ms and myasthenia gravis disease together like I do.

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