“Positive Perspective & Attitude”
November 19, 2012
Recently an MS friend of mine and I were having a chat, and we were talking about how MS has impacted our abilities over the years. Ah, the value of a peer to share with…
Being an optimist, I said there is a silver lining in everything. If it wasn’t for me having MS, I would have never met the truly wonderful friends I have today or the beautiful people I met during the major part of my life. Good friends are priceless, and I am so grateful to have them.
I would never have met them if I didn’t engage myself in the world of being a volunteer. Volunteers are special people. They give of themselves and ask for nothing in return. They are there when you need them, smiling. That is priceless, and there ARE free things in life. I would never have survived MS because of their support, and will be ever grateful to them.
Sure, I have my boatload of problems due to the MS. Just like others who have problems with cancer, special needs children, loss of limbs because of a war… Life is not equal for everyone, and things surly can be a lot worse. I’ve lived through many major-life crises not related to MS—deaths, job losses, melanoma—but I always came through them. I give myself time to grieve, vent and complain; then establish my priorities and focus on what really matters.
Sometimes I make a list of what I have to be thankful for, and it is very long.
Things like these keep me optimistic and having a good attitude. Without a good attitude and a positive perspective, I would have shriveled up long ago; like a flower that would die without sun and water.
So before this Thursday, make that list, and thank everyone that has helped you in some way. It will make you feel good.