Raining roses

Back in blogging-land after a much needed break from writing and staring into my own little world. There were doctors’ visits and hospital waiting rooms, a very slow stroll through Dublin Zoo as well as lots of sleep and trying to lose weight before the Christmas holidays arrive. Friends came and went, and books were tossed aside after reading half a page. On a more exciting note, I ended up on www.writing.ie, the home of Irish writing online, with something I wrote about writing. Feel free to check it out here!

I finally convinced myself to stop and take stock with the words “Being this overly, mentally busy doesn’t work for me anymore,” because deep down I knew I had arrived in Klutz Central. KC, the final destination and home of being unable gathering and storing new information while having the energy levels of a sloth on Valium, really is the hometown of my bedroom.

Fatigue? Massively so… and as quiet as I was, bored I was not. The mental wheels kept on turning. Pragmatically I knew I was heading for a crash into that massive, inattentive and awful wall of near-narcolepsy. Giving myself the silent treatment never felt so good and my bed became my fortress of dreams, coffee and just… plain… old-fashioned… sleep.

Adversity is something I never give in to, and I was and still am determined and motivated to keep up the silent treatment for as long as I need to. Me writing this right now, is testament of how MSers with big fatigue issues really can get a minuscule, small bit of energy back, if only they stop pushing themselves and start listening to what their body is telling them (I am good in giving advice to people… sticking to my own is rather impossible though, but I am getting there… slowly but surely!)

So while I am once again walking slowly due to a renewed Achilles tendon inflammation, trigeminal neuralgia and serious bouts and urges of sleep, I need to keep on smiling (even though that doesn’t work very well because of the trigeminal blah blah blah!). And as it happens, I have a little bit of positivity left, so anyone in need of some… here you go!

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see
yourself running with them.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses,
we must plant more roses.”

George Eliot

“Yes We Can!”
Barack Obama

©Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2013. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Quirky, tenacious and neurologically compromised female expat living in Ireland since 2002 ◾ MyTherapyApp Best MS Blog for Simplicity 2018 ◾ Everyday Health Top 10 MS Blog of 2018 ◾ WEGO Health Patient Leader Award Nominee 2018 ◾ Feedspot Top 50 MS Blog 2017, 2018 ◾ Ireland Blog Award Finalist 2014, 2015, 2017 & Shortlisted 2018 (competition ongoing) ◾ Contributor to the Novartis MS blog Living Like You ◾ Contributor to MS Ireland’s blog MS & Me ◾ Contributor to The Mighty ◾ Guest contributor to MyTherapyApp.com

4 thoughts on “Raining roses

  1. Glad to see you pop in! I read that piece on writing.ie – nicely done and you described things that I would have said, so I’ll bet many others will relate to it also. And…nice to meet you face-to-face! Take care of yourself so you can get back here with words. Colleen

    1. Thanks Colleen! And another thank you for reading the Writing.ie article, I really appreciate it, Mind you, I opt for contact lenses 99.5% of the time though, this picture was taken without me realising there was a camera in front of me :D)

  2. Listen to your body! I actually do do as I say, walk the walk and talk the talk, most of the time. I know what happens if I don’t. I feel I have lost a large part of this year just having to rest, but would have lost way more (and probably been at the bottom of the pit, unable to crawl out) had I not kept being sensible! By building in frequent rest periods, I am then able to do something for short periods, rather than nothing at all! way to go! I am the person who is happy that thorn bushes have roses (MS or not)… :)

    1. I’m great in telling myself to rest, doing so is another matter altogether. Sometimes I am OK for listening, but only when pain and fatigue is increased big time. At this stage, I need to literally run dry of energy, unable to keep talking or walking. Why are we so damn stubborn?! :D)

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