I looked up the word discourage in the dictionary this morning. I know that may sound silly, but I wanted to know exactly what it meant. My brain doesn’t let me remember things like that any more.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, discourage means to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence.
Wow…lately I guess you could say I have been deprived of courage, hope and confidence. Maybe you have too. It’s hard trudging through the day when I feel like I’m dragging the weight of all my emotions and troubles along the journey with me. Emotions can get messy and heavy. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t need any more messiness in my life let alone extra weight to add to my load.
So many times life just doesn’t make sense…MS doesn’t make sense. We try to fit everything that is happening around us into a neat little package and tie it up with a pretty little bow, but it just never seems to quite fit as we had hoped. Life begins spilling out around us and discouragement has this wonderful ability to sneak in to join the party.
When I get discouraged and start to feel as if I’m falling apart, I remind myself of why I have stuck it out this far in the first place. Yes, the road is hard. Yes, I’m dodging bullets at every turn. Yes, I have been hit and wounded by a few. Yes, I’m tired, worn out and weary, but I’m more than those things…and so are you.
We are warriors fighting in a battle that many will never see. Our battle is real, it’s personal, and it’s ongoing. But just because each day we wake up in the trenches, doesn’t mean we have to sit down and never move forward. You have to keep going even if all you can do is drag your body through the mud on your elbows.
Don’t let the struggle you are facing keep you from being the amazing person that you are. Fight with your head held high, full of courage, hope and confidence. Don’t let discouragement set up camp along the way.
Be encouraged by looking back at how far you have already come. Yes, there’s a long road ahead, but don’t look at how long it is. Focus just on today and the journey in front of you right now. You will conquer it one step at at time.