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Keep Things in Perspective

Have you ever had one of those days when you have a list of things to do, you’re excited to go out and start getting it done but your body and/or mind quits on you? As I sat on the floor of my bedroom (because I didn’t have the strength to sit in a chair or get on the bed), I was telling myself to “Keep Things in Perspective.” Was there anything on my “To Do” list that absolutely positively had to get done right away? Would someone get hurt or die if I didn’t accomplish something on my list at that exact second or even that day? The answer was “NO.” In today’s world, with the internet and cell phones, expectations of ourselves and others seem to have changed. Everything, no matter how petty or insignificant, has a sense of urgency to it and warrants immediate attention which makes our personal struggles even more challenging. After 23 years with MS, I have learned a lot about my capabilities and limitations and how much I can offer the world before I have to rest and reboot; however, I still get frustrated that I can’t do it all. I always remind myself to “Keep Things in Perspective.” In the scheme of things, I am who I am and if I don’t get to everything on my list, it’s OK.

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