Think

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

I have been known to have some fairly outlandish random wild thoughts. For some reason my thoughts have a tendency to go bonkers from time to time. I think they just get bored and have nothing better to do.

There have been times in my life when the “whatifs” have crept into my head. I’m not a fan of theirs so when I catch them sneaking up, I shut the door as quick as I can. I admit I’ve thought things like “What if I end up confined to a bed?” or “What if I’m no longer able to take care of myself?”

Those kinds of thoughts are normal and can be quite healthy to sort through, but they are not fact so you can’t give them too much space. Don’t spend hours and days entertaining those little buggers.

Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poets. He has written some amazingly quirky and unique children’s books. I still pull them out to read from time to time. He wrote a poem called “Whatif” that I think you will enjoy.

Whatif

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I’m dumb in school?
Whatif they’ve closed the swimming pol?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there’s poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don’t grow talle?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won’t bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don’t grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems swell, and then
The nighttime Whatifs strike again!

Don’t let the whatifs take up any more of your day. You will have the strength needed to get through tomorrow when tomorrow gets here. Don’t look ahead in fear, instead look ahead with a determination knowing that no matter what happens, you are strong enough, brave enough and courageous enough to face whatever may come…even if you do it with knocking knees and trembling hands.

Kick those whatifs out of your head and fill that space with thoughts of thankfulness instead. You really do have a lot to be thankful for. Just look at how much you have already overcome in life.

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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.

8 replies
  1. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    Love this. Those “whatifs ‘ can and do..have driven me insane…
    Another one used tell/read my son…
    Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. ― Shel Silverstein

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

    Whatif is for dreamers or the Dream Police. Reality is full of Whatis, and Whatifs don’t come into the picture.

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  3. Vicky
    Vicky says:

    Long before MS i didnt look at the “what if’s” and the real estate market crashed and i had no savings.

    So we gotta think of some maybe?

    I do believe by the will of God He will carry me threw tho so i have that…

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  4. Stephen Harris
    Stephen Harris says:

    Then there’s the other Whatifs that we don’t pay attention to: Whatif I have a great day? Whatif my legs/back/head/entire body doesn’t hurt today? Whatif I remember everything on my list today? Whatif I manage to pick out and put on excatly the right clothes for the day? Whatif I don’t fall down? Whatif I don’t fall down even a little? Whatif my mind is sunny and clear all day? Whatif I don’t run out of spoons? Etc. You get the idea.

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