You for the Gift of Life...
Thank you for the gift of life,
For letting me be me,
For all that I can know by words
And all that I can see,
For all the music I can hear
And all the songs I sing,
For all the joy that comes to me
And all the joy I bring,
For all the food that I can taste
And all the sweet scents smell,
For all the loved ones I can touch,
Who love and wish me well,
For all the beauty of the world,
Ever fresh and new,
I don't know whom else I can thank,
And so I'm thanking you.
wake up in the morning and hope that this
Hey maybe my symptoms will go away.
But getting out of bed.
All my hopes are fled.
up outta bed I'll just go.
On wobbly legs going to and fro.
I'll take my shower then.
Just as its always been.
Be careful be careful to not fall.
For this will not do, no not at all.
are put on, breakfast I eat.
Now I feel totally complete.
My goal for the day.
Is driving to the store out my way.
when I get there.
I never despair.
My favorite hanging blue poster.
Will help me park closer.
So into the store I will go.
Oh stop, oh stop don't stare at me so.
It makes me walk more gimpy.
Which makes looks so much more limpy.
no I need no scooter today.
But thank you for asking me anyway.
A shopping care is what I'll take.
For all the purchases that I'll make.
shopping trip is now over.
And boy a nap is sure in order.
Now when I awake.
Some light exercising I'll partake.
For pushing my body as such.
Gives me back so very much.
supper I must prepare.
Which sometimes can be quite an affair.
So as the night is drawing near.
I hope that I have made it clear.
Even though I thought my life with MS.
Would certainly be a quite a mess.
But having MS as you can see.
Can be as prosperous as can be.
By Boomer Girl
by Sonny Carroll
A time comes in your life when you finally get
When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you
stop dead in your tracks and somewhere, the voice
inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!
Enough fighting and crying, or struggling to hold on. And, like a child
quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you
shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle
of wet lashes, you begin to look at the world through new
This is your awakening...
You realize that it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to
change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over
the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince
Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world, there
aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and
that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and in
the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone
will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are ... and
that's OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you
learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the
process, a sense of new found confidence is born of self-
You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did
to you (or didn't do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can
really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don't always
say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will
always be there for you and that it's not always about you. So, you
learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the
process, a sense of safety & security is born of
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as
they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in
the process, a sense of peace & contentment is born of
You realize that much of the way you view yourself and the world around
you, is a result of all the messages and opinions that have been
ingrained into your psyche. You begin to sift through all the junk
you've been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and
how much you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should
shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what
you should do for a living, who you should marry and what you should
expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children or
what you owe your parents. You learn to open up to new worlds and
different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you
are and what you really stand for.
You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to
discard the doctrines and values you've outgrown, or should never have
bought into to begin with and in the process, you learn to go with your
You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive and that there is
power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering
through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the
outdated ideals of a by gone era, but the mortar that holds together
the foundation upon which you must build a life.
You learn that you don't know everything; it's not your job to save the
world and that you can't teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish
between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting
boundaries and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to
bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the
Then you learn about love. Romantic love and familial love. How to
love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk
away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a
relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more
intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm
or the child that bears your name.
You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you
would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and
You learn that just as people grow and change, so it is with love; and
you learn that you don't have the right to demand love on your terms,
just to make you happy.
You learn that alone does not mean lonely. You look in the mirror and
come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a
perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your
head and agonizing over how you "stack up."
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing
things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of
entitlement are perfectly OK and that it is your right, to want things
and to ask for the things that you want and that sometimes it is
necessary to make demands.
You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love,
kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won't settle for less. You
allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you, to glorify you with
his touch and in the process, you internalize the meaning of
And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to
care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced
diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn
that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So
you take more time to rest. Just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels
our soul; so you take more time to laugh and to play.
You learn that for the most part in life, you get what you believe you
deserve and that much of life truly is a self- fulfilling
You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that
wishing for something to happen, is different from working toward
making it happen.
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need
direction, discipline and