This last weekend over 2 dozen friends and family joined me for the annual MS Walk in my city. How great is that support system. It makes me feel loved and supported….and like the luckiest girl in the world. To have so many people standing in my corner and joining me in the fight against MS. I am fully aware and completely grateful and humbled.
I have that good feeling but it sometimes comes with guilt. Guilt about how long it takes me to walk a simple mile (although I did pretty good this year – yay me!). Pretty ridiculous, right? I remember all of the beautiful people that joined me and how much I know, they are not judging me. They are supporting me. It is somewhat ridiculous that I am sore from only a mile. The rest of the weekend I have been struggling and stiff. Isn’t that silly? But it is also a great reminder, with each sore step, that I have a pretty amazing support system and I don’t know what I would do without each and every one of them.
MS has taken the ability to walk from so many. I choose to be appreciative and acknowledge the importance that I am able to do this walk. And I not only do it for myself, but also for all of those that cannot.
And then I received my Buddha quote of the day which further reminded me of my wealth:
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can”.
There is so much truth in that quote – and I make the choice to live fortunately and appreciative.
Have a great week