Giving Yourself Away
Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."
~ Og Mandino
In This Issue:
- A Message From Shelley
- Don't Just Take My Word for It
- Lights, Camera, Action!
- Mobility Corner
- Did You Know?
- Give Us Your Two-Cent's Worth
Spring is springing, and I love it! The sun is shining brightly, the birds are singing, it's warm, and I have the energy to get outside the house and enjoy myself. Spring is the time when I reassess who I am, what I want to do, and where I want to put my energies for the summer ahead and the rest of the year. And no matter what each coming season holds, I always plan to give a little of myself away.
When you're diagnosed with a chronic illness, it changes your life — FOREVER! What do you do about that? You can pull inside yourself and mope in an ever shrinking world, and in effect become a victim of your illness. OR, you can give of yourself, your time and energy, in whatever way— big or small, that is doable for you and expand your circle of life. No matter how much or how little you can give, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
When the weather gets nice, almost every support organization—MS to Aids, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, birth defects, and many more—host walks, runs, bike rides, and other events to raise money for "the cure." Think about how you can give of yourself in whatever cause is most important to you. If your physical limitations do not allow you to actively participate in the event itself, look for ways that you can work for the cure in other ways. Maybe you can help with registration, hand out water or cheer from the sidelines, or maybe all you can do is just be there to offer a smile or a hug and say, "Thank you," letting those who participated know what their efforts on your behalf mean to you.
Giving of ourselves in this way, not only makes those walking, running, or biking feel good about what they are doing in our behalf but it makes us feel good as well. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself." So live a little— start giving yourself away!
For a regular slice of my life, visit my blog, What I Learn About LIVING from my Chronic Illness.
If you have any comments, please e-mail me directly at Shelley@MakingLifeEasier.com.
Don't Just Take My Word for It
"The only way you can truly get more out of life is to give part of yourself away."
"Giving is a necessity sometimes... more urgent, indeed, than having."
~ Margaret Lee Runbeck
"The surest way to happiness is losing yourself in a cause greater than yourself."
"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
~ Kahlil Gibran
"If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way."
Lights! Camera! Action!
OMG! Is the house picked up? How's my hair look? Is my lipstick on straight? Does this top make me look washed out? Do I know what I am going to say?
By the time you read this, it will be a little crazy around here. A film crew from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) will basically be moving in (though I insist they sleep somewhere else) taping me and ways that I make life easier around the house. They will be in my bedroom (Did I check under the bed?), bathroom (Oh my! I have never invited anyone in there before.), kitchen, living room. Am I ready for all of this???? Though the videos will not be ready until fall, you can get a preview of some of the tips I might present by checking your local bookstore for a copy of one of my Tips for Making Life Easier™ books. Though titles are for people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, and memory problems, they give practical tips and strategies for living life better regardless of your personal limitations, even if you do not have any.
If you use a wheelchair, scooter, or walker, or have other mobility issues, visit www.MobilityCorner.com for helpful news, articles, and information for making your home, auto, and workplace more barrier-free so you can enjoy life more independently. While you are there, check out my Tips for Making Life Easier™ article on this month’s mobility topic.
Did You Know . . .
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires gas stations to provide refueling assistance to people with disabilities without additional cost.
This means that people with disabilities can have someone pump gas for them, even at self-service stations, without paying the higher full-service price. There are limitations, for instance self-service stations with only one person on duty are not required to provide this service, but they are encouraged to do so if at all possible. Develop a relationship with a station near your home and ask them to help you; when traveling stop at newer looking stations and look for the assistance call button to request help. If all else fails, ask another customer to help you. Remember you are not imposing; you are giving them the gift of doing a good deed that day.
For more information, contact the
For more inspiration about living well despite chronic illness, be sure to visit my blog where I share more of What I’ve Learned About LIVING with a Chronic Illness.
US Department of Justice ADA Information Line:
Give Us Your Two-Cent's Worth
Do you have questions you would like answered or a topic you would like discussed? Chances are if you do, other readers and listeners do too. To make my columns, e-zine, and TV and radio programs more beneficial for you, we want your input. Please e-mail any comments, questions, or suggestions to: Shelley@MakingLifeEasier.com.
Until next time, don’t let your limitations keep you from living your life!