If you’re going to be in it …

Be in it for the long run

I guess by now most people have realized that we are entering a new decade that will long be remembered as the year of Covid-19 or probably some sexier more newsworthy moniker. (he he …first time I’ve used that word !!!).

I have consciously skipped my regular Saturday Reflection this past weekend , for the simple reason, I have not reflected on anything worthy of sharing…I have stopped watching the News, no Left vs Right debate and denouncing each other, no post Brexit waffle, No Covid fearmongering.

I have been taking each day as it comes however slowly that may be.

As an MS endurer …(it’s not suffering if you change your perspective towards it), myself and countless others are pretty well accustomed to dealing with the task of combatting and invisible but debilitating scourge that slowly robs us of our aspirations, and much like the apt title this week, We are all in it for the long run.

This last week has not been easy. In fact there hasn’t really been an easy week for as long as I can imagine, there’s always the days when you feel everything tries to trip you up and then there’s days where sitting outside in the sun and still being able to walk back inside seems like a major achievement.

I’m one of the fortunate ones, stubbornness and independence means that I can usually just focus on what is essential for the day…feed the fur-babies, feed the birds, select the music and …yes of course make the selection of music and espresso for the day.

Speaking of which…its time. (Better !)

Fully agree Kaet !

What I have been able to do though is to read and reflect a little deeper on the many Stoicism references I keep throwing out there, this past few days there was one that particularly appealed to me , too good to keep to myself …sorry 😊

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When I first started writing my weekly reflections I recall sharing that it was a therapeutic reflection for myself as well as a check for myself to see how my coordination and dexterity were fairing as the myelin slowly eroded away exposing vulnerable nerve endings.

Truth be told there have been days on end when typing seemed impossible , frustration and anxiety that this could be the next low…but perseverance and stubbornness prevail to maintain was has become habit.

Choice …always key as well as a focused mindset.

In fact, the first song that comes to mind is Days like this followed by Bruce Hornsby and the Range’s …The way it is …but my favourite has to be the Van Morrison classic …Days like this 😊

Days Like This- Van Morrison

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this
When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch
Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this

When you don’t need to worry there’ll be days like this
When no one’s in a hurry there’ll be days like this
When you don’t get betrayed by that old Judas kiss
Oh my mama told me there’ll be days like this

When you don’t need an answer there’ll be days like this
When you don’t meet a chancer there’ll be days like this
When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit it
Then I must remember there’ll be days like this

There’ll be days like this

When everyone is up front and they’re not playing tricks
When you don’t have no freeloaders out to get their kicks
When it’s nobody’s business the way that you want to live
I just have to remember there’ll be days like this

When no one steps on my dreams there’ll be days like this
When people understand what I mean there’ll be days like this
When you ring out the changes of how everything is
Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this

Oh my mama told me
There’ll be days like this
Oh my mama told me
There’ll be days like this
Oh my mama told me
There’ll be days like this
Oh my mama told me
There’ll be days like this

In fact, now that I’ve had my espresso shot (or two, but who is counting !) it seems a sin not to share the lyrics of Bruce Hornsby’s classic too.

It may seem a little cliched, but this is very relevant to the ongoing situation in the USA at this time. Interesting history behind this song, well worth looking up.

Take it away Bruce,

Standing in line, marking time
Waiting for the welfare dime
‘Cause they can’t buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies’ eyes
Just for fun he says, “get a job”

That’s just the way it is
Some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
Ah, but don’t you believe them

Said, hey little boy you can’t go where the others go
‘Cause you don’t look like they do
Said, hey old man how can you stand
To think that way
Did you really think about it
Before you made the rules?

He said, “son
That’s just the way it is
Some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
Ah, but don’t you believe them”

Oh yeah

(That’s just the way it is)

(That’s just the way it is) well, they passed a law in ’64
To give those who ain’t got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don’t change another’s mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar, no, no

That’s just the way it is
And some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
That’s just the way it is, it is, it is, it is

So where do I stand right now ? I had to wind myself back from getting sidetracked …again 😊

Day to day , looking for the highlights , thankful for what I have ever appreciative for the fantastic people in my life. I could ask for more …Truth is I don’t need what I do not have. Seth has been noticeably quiet of late , but as a New Yorker I’m guessing there are enough challenges to keep him busy right now.

Anyhoo this was a little anecdote he shared a while ago, take it away Seth.

A situation vs a slog

“Wake me when it’s over,” is a natural instinct during a short-term interruption in our usual pattern. A crisis is there to be managed or waited out. The goal of each day is to simply get through it. Until things are back to normal.

But sometimes we’re dealing with a slog. Where the number of days is not small enough to simply throw them away. In a slog, the pattern of only getting by undervalues our days and diminishes our ability to contribute.

During a slog, we have a chance to accept a new normal, even if it’s temporary, and to figure out how to make something of it. You don’t have to wish for it, but it’s here. There’s very little value in spending our time nostalgic for normal.

When we get to the other side of the slog and look back, what will we have contributed, learned and created?

Whatever that is …Be in it for the long run

Published by Daniel Taylor

MS Warrior with an affinity for 80's New Wave music and deep philosophical ramblings...and coffee , definitely coffee

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