You choose

Everything you do in life begins with a choice. Even a choice of not choosing is a choice. That’s not an easy thing to grasp. Do you realize you will choose how to live today? You will choose everything down to if you end the day in tears or with a smile. You will choose how you live tomorrow too, and the next day and the next. That can be a sobering thought. 

So many times we tell people “I have to do this” and “I have to do that.” But do we really? I believe we don’t “have to” do anything…we CHOOSE to do them. We have been conditioned to make certain choices without even thinking about them and some we make because we don’t want the potential repercussions that can happen if we don’t.

Think about it…

You don’t have to get out of bed…you choose to.
You don’t have to eat what’s in front of you…you choose to.
You don’t have to do what someones asks…you choose to.
You don’t have to take your meds…you choose to.
You don’t have to brush your teeth…you choose to.
You don’t have to smile…you choose to.

The list could go on and on with each thing you do today. Your choices today don’t just impact you and the very moment you are in either. They echo throughout life and create memories. They leave little footprints and cause ripples that affect others around you. I know some of you don’t believe me. You are reading this thinking, “That’s not true. What about the things I can’t choose? What about me having MS? I didn’t choose that.”

And you’re right. You didn’t choose MS, but you do get to choose how you respond to it. You choose if you will be angry, in denial, frustrated, or in fear. You choose if you will be determined or if you will give up. You choose.

Make choices today that give you a better tomorrow. No matter what you are facing, whether you are hurting, in debt, unemployed, unable to walk, in pain, weak…you choose how much MS will take from you.

Make the choice to live. Choose to be a better person today than you were yesterday. Choose to smile, laugh, appreciate others, help someone in need, love, care. It’s a new day. You choose.

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About the Author

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.

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

    Thanks for the encouragement Penelope. We all have chooses to make every minute and we do them well. As long as we don’t dwell on the bad ones that come across in our life.

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  2. Jan
    Jan says:

    I was so depressed finding out that MS chose me many many years ago. ☹️ With my doctors help, I was put on Xanax for the depression & anxiety and now I choose to live life to the fullest every day!! 👯‍♀️ Jan

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