Little things — particularly when we do a few of them in concert — can lead to long-term betterment and I find them easier to maintain than pie-in-the-sky ideals.
What exactly do I mean by ‘little things’?
Eating meat one less day per week. Walking (or at least being outside) an extra 10-20 minutes per day. Adding an extra serving of fruits of vegetables to each day. Adding one more stretch to my daily routine.
Not all of the changes have to do with physical health.
Treating myself to time to read or listen to an audio book every week, budgeting for a show or exhibition I’d like to see, or taking a class at the local community college or adult education center can be equally ‘healthful.'
Hobbies can also be something upon which I resolve to spend a little more time, energy, and money.
Digging up a little more space for gardening (flowers or healthy veg) can be a gift to myself that keeps on giving. Putting old photos into albums has the dual reward of organization as well as the joy of reliving old memories. Several hobbies can also result in thoughtful and inexpensive gifts come the next birthday or holiday season.
I am not trying to say that my life with MS is so perfect that I needn’t make major changes to it: no one’s is. My point is that the little things are oft more attainable and, when we spend the energy on two or three of them, we might just get more benefit than shooting for the stars and being left in a cold orbit of the moon when we miss.
MS has caused me to fail in far too many things these past 3-plus decades. My preference, in baseball terms, is to play small ball: get ‘em on, get ‘em over, get ‘em in. I’ve learned that it gets me more runs than swinging for the fences every time the New Year or any other occasion for a fresh start puts me in the batter’s box.
Secondary progressive MS nibbles away at my abilities. I like to think that I’m backfilling by spoonfuls rather than trying to lift a too-heavy shovel in a vain effort to gain back long-eroded abilities. It’s not the game plan for everyone with SPMS, but it works for me.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.
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