blessed are the cracked…

My word for this year is LEARN.  

So it just makes sense to use this Year of Sundays to reflect on 52 of my most significant Life Lessons.   Some may seem more significant than others, but each one has changed how I live my life in powerful way.   I’d love to hear if and how any of these same lessons have surfaced in the classroom of Your Life.

lesson30 Being ‘cracked’ is the best thing that ever happened to me.

My primary crack  is multiple sclerosis (MS).

On March 12, 1991 (8,175 days ago), I received the diagnosis.   I was gobsmacked.   Then I was terrified.  Then I was mad.   Then I was sad.  Then I was hope-impaired.  Then I was hopeful.  Now I’m good.

Don’t get me wrong, MS isn’t a cake walk.  No brokenness is.

Most days, I need to sleep at least 14 hours.   My cognition is slowwwwwwwer than I’d prefer.  Summer heat zaps me.   My peripheral vision is shot.  There are many days I can’t walk.

There are also many days MS never even enters my mind.   Stuff in my body will happen and I’ll just go with the flow.  Oh well, Plan B.

I’m not a superwoman.  I tried that for a while and hung-up my cape years ago.  These days, I make plans and am ready to change them. That’s just one of the gifts MS has given me.  It’s helped me be more flexible.

It’s also:

  • made me more willing to ask for help and accept it as it’s offered;
  • helped me pay attention to the people around me – because every one of us is cracked, in some way;
  • given me an appreciation for people weaker and stronger / more willING and willFULL than me;
  • taught me that “Yes.” and “No.” are complete sentences;
  • proven to me that I.am.not.in.control – whew.

What has your crackedness taught you?

ps – I’d be honored to send a FREE Cheap Therapy hand painted handmade paper “Blessed are the cracked.  They let in the light” poster to all who reply here.   Just post your reply  –  then (if you want the free poster) ,’private message’ me your name and address.  We cracked folk gotta stick together 🙂   This offer ends August  04, 2013.  Posters will be mailed by August 24, 2013.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA