Stop and Smell the Roses: Remembering to be Thankful with MS

Birgit Bauer
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Birgit Bauer

To be honest, life has not been easy for me lately. Other people living with multiple sclerosis may know what I’m talking about – sometimes I feel like a little ship in a big ocean full of emotion, without direction. Life with MS is a constant challenge, and sometimes I get overwhelmed by even the little things.

A few months ago, I was struggling to be thankful. Although I am happily married, was not experiencing new issues with my MS and didn’t have any looming problems on the horizon, I was struggling to be my relaxed and active self, the woman who loves her job, her life and having fun.

It took me weeks to get out of this funk. And then I was reading an article about Hailey Bartholomew from Australia, who had experienced a similar slump. She was also struggling to be glad, but the way she dealt with it was genius. She started taking pictures on her smartphone every day of things that make her thankful, and publishing them on her blog.

What an idea! I decided to start doing the same thing, and now each day I take a photo of something that makes me thankful or happy and post it on Instagram. Everything from Mr. Muzz, my cat, to a rose in my garden, a good meal or my latest knitting project – each photo brings me joy. Below are some of my favourites so far.

I challenge you to join me on this mission! It can help, even on some of the darkest days. Whether you share the photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or even just keep them for yourself, take the time to savour the little joys.

When I am on day 365, I plan to print the pictures and put them in a big album, so I will have a book with this collection of little, wonderful moments on life, a life I love. What do you love most in your life? What simple things bring you joy? Share with us on Facebook.

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