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Now That MS Has Changed My Priorities, Some Things Just Have to Wait


























It’s the last day of January. A full month has passed since we sang “Auld Lang Syne.” The days are getting (ever so slowly) a little bit longer, and the daffodils are in full bloom down the lane from us. So why is the Christmas china still in the hutch?

It’s not that I’ve forgotten or haven’t meant to get it all wrapped up, into its boxes and back into storage. Every time I go in there for a wine glass, I see Spode’s Santa staring at me from atop the 1930s Christmas tree pattern. I know it needs to be done…

So, too, do the last few traces of the holiday season need to be packed away. Gold foil chargers and one last string of fairy lights in the window (but I must say that Caryn really doesn’t want to part with the fairy lights), and our holiday coffee mugs are still in the cupboard.

And then there is the spare room where all of those packing boxes and bubble wrap have been since the tinsels and garland were unpacked. Don’t get me started on the spare room.

Balancing My Energy Checkbook

It all comes down to physical reserves, priorities, and that old energy checkbook we have to balance each day.

I wasn’t much of a procrastinator before multiple sclerosis (MS). I was an “early is on time; on time is late” guy back then. But I’m not that guy anymore.

The real crux of the matter is that there are things that should be done, and there are things that must be done. This often leaves little time or energy for the things we’d like to do. I’ve found this to be even truer when I commit to the “shoulds” and the “likes”; the “musts” fall from my grasp, and someone else must make up for it.

I guess that’s the thing that makes all of that china hanging about closer to Valentine’s Day than Christmas acceptable to me.

If I spent the energy and time required to put it away right now, something far more important — things that must be done — would be left to Caryn to complete, because I just don’t have the energy left.

We’ll get to the dishes and to those fairy lights — and let’s please not look at how dirty the windows are. But for now, MS and I are having a face-off, and the “must get dones” are the only things making the cut.

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