Halloween is just around the corner. All of the ghosts and goblins will be out trick or treating, and scary stories are always told around Halloween. Speaking of scary things, we all have those things in our lives that are pretty scary for us. There are things that we face that cause use to "tremble with fear". For me, every year when Halloween approaches, I am reminded of a few scary times in my life that happened around this time, one of which being a diagnosis that would totally change every aspect of my life. I was diagnosed with MS in October of 2000 and received a second opinion that confirmed this diagnosis on November the 3rd. Pretty scary stuff, right? Indeed it was scary for me to be a young 21 year old with her life right in front of her and told that you had an incurable and progressive disease but do you know what I did? Of course I cried. Of course I felt anger. Of course I had questions and I even felt remorse. Of course it was hard for all involved but we decided to become educated about what we were facing. One way that I look at anything new that enters our lives is rather than sit and do nothing, we should learn about it and increase our knowledge so we can defend ourselves against this new enemy.
When I worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for 6 years, we had a program called "Knowledge Is Power".
This program was for newly diagnosed individuals to learn about and introduce them to MS. Just as that program, we all should think that knowledge is power. We can face challenges head on when we are full of information about our enemies.
Another way to not be scared or frightened when these hard challenges come is to be full of a good spirit and optimism. We have to be optimistic in our life. It is only natural to be down and out sometimes. That is part of life. We will be down and even pessimistic about our situations in life. In my experience, I find that involving myself in something picks me up whether it is service to another person, visiting with a friend, exercise, getting busy with work or whatever it may be. I just get out and do something. I try not to dwell on the negative but I do acknowledge that it is just a part of the process to be down at times. You just do not want to stay down.
Trials are a natural part of life. Those scary times will come but it is all in our own power how we react to these things. We are encouraged to allow these things give us experience. In the end, these things can and will be for our good. Remember that we can and we must Triumph Through Trials