Allegorical Littera

Allegorical Littera

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Penguins vs. Hurricanes:


Friday, February 23, 2018:
Pittsburgh Penguins: 6
Carolina Hurricanes: 1
YEAH!
GO PENGUINS!

Potatoes, eggs and coffee:


by Penelope Conway
February 22, 2018

The past few weeks for me have been hard. Sometimes life just keeps happening and no amount of searching uncovers the STOP button. This short inspiring story has been running through my mind lately. It was something I read a few years ago and I find myself thinking of it from time to time, especially when I’m having a really bad day. Every day we are faced with choices. We may not be able to choose the struggle, but we do get to choose how we will respond to it…

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

In life, things happen around us and things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.


 


In support of Multiple Sclerosis research:

http://www.nationalmssociety.org
http://msfocus.org
https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com
http://mymsaa.org
http://positivelivingwithms.com
https://mssociety.ca
https://stumblingprincess.com
http://www.msra.org.au/

Twitter hashtags:

#MS
#MultipleSclerosis
#fums
#mseducation
#msawareness
#curems
#mymsme
#MSwarrior
#MSstrong
#fightms
#MSAwarenessMonth
#stumblingprincess
#OMS
#WalkMS
#BikeMS
#FuckYouMS
#WalkTogether
#WeAreStrongerThanMS
#mssucks
#movingmountainsforms
#lesion
#myelin
#demyelination
#disease
#brain
#vertigo
#cure
NEVER GIVE UP!

Penguins vs. Blue Jackets:


Sunday, February 18, 2018:
Pittsburgh Penguins: 5
Columbus Blue Jackets: 2
YEAH!
GO PENGUINS!

Taking care of yourself is not selfish:


Penelope Conway
February 20, 2018

Last summer the heat outside kicked my butt. I tried all the normal tricks to remain cool and keep my core body temperature down, but no matter what I did my body grew weaker as the summer progressed. I’m not looking forward to the coming hotter days.

It’s crazy to get exhausted just going to the mailbox. That short of a trip and I was ready for a nap. I have learned to take things as they come and listen to my body even though it’s not always easy to do. It can actually get quite frustrating.

Sometimes I will have my heart set on going somewhere then not have the energy to go and have to cancel plans. Or I have something that needs to get done but it doesn’t get done for days and days and days just because I can’t muster up the strength to do it. If I could, I would hire a maid to clean for me, a cook to make my meals and a chauffeur to take me places. Now that would be the life! Include getting rid of MS into the mix and that would be my dream come true.

But as it is right now, I’m the one that has to do everything. It’s up to me to take care of the house, do the laundry, prepare my meals, bathe, vacuum, pay the bills, make the bed, put gas in the car, clean up my messes, and live with MS.

So what do I do? I do what I can and leave the rest for another day. I have had to learn to be okay with not getting everything done that I want or even need done. Taking care of me is way more important theses days than taking out the trash or getting the mail. My wellbeing is more important than attending a ballgame in 100 degree weather and my health is of greater importance than buying a birthday gift for the lady down the street.

Be good to yourself. Take care of you. No one else is going to do it for you. It’s okay to cancel plans, veg on the couch, sleep late, and most importantly to need help.
There are several people in my life that I know would do anything for me if I asked. I try my best to not take advantage of their good nature and use the calling card sparingly. Mostly because I know the day will come when their help will be needed daily and I want to do as much as I can on my own while I can. That’s not being stubborn or selfish. That’s being persistent and determined in spite of living with MS. I will concede when the time comes—reluctantly, I might add—but that time hasn’t come as of yet. So what do I do…I keep going.

You too! Keep going, doing, being, until you can’t any longer. I have never met an MSer that wasn’t a strong and powerful fighter even on their weakest days. We push through some of the toughest battles. Things that other people never see or even know about because we simply keep going. MSers are an amazing example of strength, persistence and determination. I’m so very proud of you and cheering you on today.


 


In support of Multiple Sclerosis research:

http://www.nationalmssociety.org
http://msfocus.org
https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com
http://mymsaa.org
http://positivelivingwithms.com
https://mssociety.ca
https://stumblingprincess.com
http://www.msra.org.au/

Twitter hashtags:

#MS
#MultipleSclerosis
#fums
#mseducation
#msawareness
#curems
#mymsme
#MSwarrior
#MSstrong
#fightms
#MSAwarenessMonth
#stumblingprincess
#OMS
#WalkMS
#BikeMS
#FuckYouMS
#WalkTogether
#WeAreStrongerThanMS
#mssucks
#movingmountainsforms
#lesion
#myelin
#demyelination
#disease
#brain
#vertigo
#cure
NEVER GIVE UP!


Penguins vs. Maple Leafs:


Saturday, February 17, 2018:
Pittsburgh Penguins: 5
Toronto Maple Leafs: 3
YEAH!
GO PENGUINS!