What’s In Your Toolbox?

Born into a family with a mechanically inclined father, I learned early on about tools. They were necessary to fix what might be the malfunction of a vehicle, an appliance, a piece of furniture, bicycle, etc. Daddy could fix virtually anything – especially with the use of his trusted tools. Being cognizant of their importance, he normally kept his tool box near so he’d be prepared should a need arise. He was seldom without it.

I, like my father, have learned the importance of tools also. The difference, however, is that my father is adept at using the contents of his tool box as physical devices to facilitate manual or mechanical work. I, on the other hand, have discovered how to identify, use and apply conceptual tools. The tools in my box are used to enhance the quality of my life.

I am cognizant to keep my toolbox close and readily available because…

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a horrid chronic disease and can be devastating
  • I am living with it and my struggles are difficult and challenges are daily
  • Malfunctions would otherwise be unbearable
  • The worry and fear of the unknown (my unpredictable days and future with MS) would make me utterly miserable
  • Misery with or without MS is not an option for me

It is so important to focus on maintaining a positive attitude and developing coping mechanisms to avoid allowing yourself to fall into deep, dark places. They are danger zones! Some of the tools in my toolbox that help me in my daily walk are:

Spirituality

Trusting and believing in God and knowing that He makes no mistakes nor will He put no more on me that I can bear.

The Serenity Prayer:

“…God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; one moment at a time. …”

Family

Leaning on my supportive and loving family for strength (especially) during times when my own might waiver.

Humor/wit

Laughter is truly the best medicine so I choose joy over sadness.

Music

Depending on my mood or circumstance, I use whichever genre of music that may uplift, inspire and/or relax me.

Creativity

Thinking of various project ideas such as planning parties and making them ‘my own’, making (and starring in) videos, writing, attending and participating in church programs and activities, are both fun and therapeutic for me.

Education

Helping others understand and bringing awareness to the world of MS with my writing (and any means possible).

I am fortunate to have found tools that work for me. What’s in your toolbox?

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