Disappointments

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We all have to deal with disappointments in our lives, it is just part of the journey. What is important is how you deal with that disappointment. It can be as minor as a missed TV show or as major as a physical setback. Battling a disease, by definition, sets you up for disappointments. I know, I found it very difficult to accept that I was not going to back to work. That disappointment forced me to rethink how I value myself. How I can contribute to society? Not an easy task. I deal with a great many disappointments, some relating to my MS and some relating to other people. When someone makes a promise to you, you expect it to be fulfilled. Sometimes, due to extenuating circumstances, the promise is broken. It is hard not to place some blame on the individual, even though they are not at fault. Stuff happens, not all of it under our control. That is when you have to just accept the loss, the change, whatever and focus on what is of benefit to you.

I do not know if I can overcome this disease. I do not know if I have the strength to continue to fight it. Some days I ask myself why I am struggling so hard. Those are the days I lose sight of what I am struggling for. I am struggling for you. I am struggling for the person who believes they are the only one feeling the way they do, thinking the way they do. I am struggling to make sure that everyone who has a difficulty to overcome, a struggle to conquer, knows that there are others out there who have the same questions, the same fears that they do. I am not alone. You are not alone.

Every individual has a superpower. We have the power to improve ourselves and those we touch. I know this sounds like fantasy or fiction but it is real. The simple act of treating another with respect can improve their day. A genuine smile can lift someone’s spirit. There are 7 billion of us on this small blue planet. We are never alone. Each moment, each second we spend in the company of others provides us with an opportunity to use our superpowers. Be kind to each other and pass it on.

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17 thoughts on “Disappointments

  1. scifihammy

    I love this! A heartfelt pick-me-up to all of us out here. Thank you 🙂
    “The simple act of treating another with respect” If more people did this there would be less sorrow in the world.

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  2. Sunshine Jansen

    Yours was the first site that got me out of my post-diagnosis cycle of despair and realize that there was a more creative way of playing this hand I’d been dealt. I struggle a lot to stay focused on what I’ve learned, and I want to give up frequently (my long absences from WordPress are signs of that) but something always pulls me through — often a post like this from you! We’re fighting the good fight. 🙂

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    1. quiall Post author

      My dear friend if there is anything, anything that is in my power to do that would help, I would do it. We are members of a very specific group: human. And we are here for each other. You are important to me!

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  3. Sharon Walmsley

    Pam, I never miss reading you every day, you keep my hopes up. I count on you’re blog to make me feel not only better but more accepting. I am lucky to have this opportunity to improve my own life each and every day because of you. Thank you for doing this, it is very needed. Sharon

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  4. Jack Flacco

    This is really great. First, I felt as if I was reading what always believed in all my life. The fact of the matter is to treat others as one would expect others to treat themselves. Yes, it is the golden rule, but it’s so true. Second, we all have superpowers. I really do believe that. Whenever I watch a movie and feel moved to express myself emotionally, I know minutes later that the filmmaker has the superpower to touch people in a way he/she had never imagined. Everyone has that power, it’s just a matter of finding out what it is. Now that I think of it, you’re inspiring me to write a post about this. Hmm… see what you did there?

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  5. John W. Howell

    You must keep fighting. Every day I look forward to a quip or story of inspiration. Yes you do it for us but I don’t think yo know what it would mean if your stopped. (BTW I know you won’t but you need to know how valuable your time is that is spent here.)

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    1. quiall Post author

      John I am at a loss for words. You are so very kind. I love the people I have met here in the cyber world. They inspire me to heights I had not believe I would reach. Thank you, thank you so very much!

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