Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment – Buddha.
Life is nothing if not fleeting. Dealing with MS certainly makes one take in their surroundings and try not to take basic things for granted. A friend sent me this quote on afternoon, thinking it would cheer me up. I didn’t realize just how truthful these simple words were.
We can get caught up and lost in this disease. There are the never ending doctor and specialist appointments. There are relapses and remissions. Mobility and symptom issues as well. The intricacies of this disease are vast. Yet we persevere. We have no choice but to be strong. We have no choice but to put one foot, wheel, or cane in front of the other. We reach out to each other in the hopes that we find someone who deals with what we deal with. We enter studies to try and help researchers find out what causes MS so in the end we can cure it. We fight a never ending war with what I call a cruel adversary, MS.
Together we fight MS and together we will end MS. While I do feel strongly in hope for the future, I think we also need to concentrate on each day we currently have and live it as best we can. My dad always tells me that everyday you wake up is a great day because you are still on this earth. While it’s easy to sit back sometimes and dwell in the what- ifs, it is the now we should focus on! MS is simply an obstacle. An obstacle we can each overcome! So my loyal friends let us: dance as though no one is watching, love as though we’ve never been hurt, sing as though no one can hear and live as though heaven is on earth!