Ever feel like Eeyore?

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

I hate to say it, but Eeyore is right. That gloomy, grey stuffed donkey that lives in the southeast corner of the Hundred Acre Wood is right. His thoughts may be deep and most of the time rather gloomy, but even he at times can find the positive in a sad kind of day. Are you surprise? I bet you didn’t think that was even possible for him to do.

I know many Eeyore’s…people who seem sad all the time and tend to focus of the bad in everything happening around them. People who sit in their gloomy place finding mistake after mistake rather than looking outside to see that the wind is capable of blowing those dreary bits of life away.

Today it may be gloomy, rainy and muddy in your neck of the woods—multiple sclerosis has a way of doing that to a person’s life—but regardless of the cloudy and stormy outlook, there is still the possibility of rainbows and sunshine. It may be found in the kindness of someone you meet, a joke you read online, or a distant memory of precious moments with friends.

Regardless of what you are facing, I hope you know that you don’t have to go through this crazy journey alone. That’s one great thing about the internet…there are people all around the world who get it, who understand the struggle and are only a keystroke away. I’m here with you along with that person over there, and that one over there, and this one right here.

If your balloon should pop, if your house should cave in, if your tail should fall off, you have a group of friends who love you. You are not alone, I can guarantee you that. Allow yourself the time you need to grieve, cry, feel. Then once you have waded through the storm, look up for a break in the clouds.

Don’t let the gloomy circumstances in front of you keep you from seeing the possibility of something great happening in your life. Sure, it’s easy to point out all the things that are bad or worry about the countless things that could go wrong like Eeyore would do, but just this once decide to find something you can be thankful for even in the gloomy parts. If Eeyore can do it (although sparingly), then I know you can too!

“The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually.” – Eeyore

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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.

21 replies
  1. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    I’m just getting around to reading these and YES!! Can so relate as someone else said I’ve always loved Eeyore and could even sound like him ( I even have a stuffed one a dear friend gave me years ago before MS) So love the positive outlook of him you’ve done 😊

  2. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    I know we have had snow at many times a year. I know it snowed on the third week of October 1970, as I was in hospital with an eye problem, (a pipette exploded in my face) and we had been reading Julia Caesar. And the witches told him to be aware of the Ides of March and snow in October which kinda went strange for me as we are in the southern hemisphere and it’s the wrong time of year for snow. But also in 1987 we had snow at Christmas time which was really out of season.
    And to top it of we have been though the most damaging earthquake we have had that tore apart our city. You can see a part of it on Google Maps, they have got pictures from the desolate mess that left our city changed forever. This is a bit like MS but happened a bit over 6 years ago ( and 14.000 aftershocks in 18 months) and will be rebuilt some time in the future, unlike Ms that keeps getting worse rather than better.

  3. Carmen Reisig
    Carmen Reisig says:

    Maybe Eryote should be the mascot for MS seems like a lot of MSers would identify with him more then other Characters. Personaly I have for many years now long before my MS Dx

  4. Geraldine Lowrey
    Geraldine Lowrey says:

    Eeyore may be my long lost twin! Seriously, I began treatment with Ocrevus infusions. Almost one month in and I feel a little better each day. I no longer have that terrible MS fatigue that only MS folks know. Infusions are twice per year. No more daily or 3x weekly injections. I know each person will react differently but I hope I found my “cure” (for now). Prayers, good thoughts to all of us out there!

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