I have been booked to speak to a group in November and I am very excited about the opportunity. I worked on my outline today although the engagement is in mid November. I do not tend to put things off any more and getting a head start feels good, but also assures me that I will be prepared to speak for an hour.
The outline process inspired a thought that I want to expound upon today.
My MS presents some serious challenges every day of my life. It can be tough to walk on certain days. Stairs are nearly impossible sometimes. My hands and feet hurt from nerve burning nearly every second of every day. I have developed some cognitive issues. I have battled depression. And on top of all the symptoms I have to deal with the side effects from medications.
All of these things create the perfect opportunity to use excuses. I mean if anyone has a built-in excuse it is someone battling a disease, right?! Wrong!
If I wanted to I could lie around all day and do nothing. Very few people would even question me. After all I have MS. Who (other than my wife) would have the nerve to squeak a peep? No one that’s who!
But I absolutely refuse to sit around and waste away. I make myself get out and do what I can. Am I limited sometimes? Yes, but even if I can only walk the dog 50 feet I do it. I feel that I have a responsibility to myself to do anything and everything that I am capable of doing. No excuses.
Life is tough. Life can be unfair.
Do not spend your life focusing on the things you can’t do, but focus all of your energies on what you can do!
Instead of saying it hurts to walk today, I tell myself that I must get outside today and walk the dog for 10 minutes. I cannot allow my situation to rule my world. If someone is in a wheel chair and has problem walking I say do all the leg lifts you can. If you have gained too much weight and are not able to run, I say take a 5 minute walk. If you are bed ridden then I say exercise your mind by reading or doing mental puzzles.
Do something anything. But whatever you do, do not use excuses and do not ever give up!
Anyone can focus on what they cannot do in life, but a select few will reach the pinnacle by focusing on the things they can do.
Just a thought for a Wednesday morning…