Gathering Evidence


Whatever the story we have concocted

There will always be someone out there who will validate our opinion.

It feels so slimily good to gather evidence for our belief in what is true

But to what end?

A well placed ” I told you so?”.

Is this the gold we are after?

Chronic illness is a lonely affair.

We can invite friends and family and God

To come in close

And witness our sufferings AND triumphs

But essentially,

We live within our own concocted truth.

I say “concocted”

In light of the fact I experience my level of suffering or grace is altered

By the story I tell about it

And the more people I can gather around me who agree

Set my experience in stone – good or not-so-good


For this reason I have avoided MS support groups.

It feels so very lovely to share agreement

Whether that be in the realm of health or politics or religion or sport.

Yippee! We are not alone!

Except we are.

In the most important of ways.

We create our lives

By choosing where to put our attention.

My sense is that I continue to thrive

In the largest sense of the word

Because I am familiar with how to approach a blank canvas; having done this very thing thousands of times in my career as an artist,

I understand how to create and not stop until it feels right.

I use these same skills as a bridge to each and every “next moment”.

In the end they even out to quite a lovely life.

This is true for me.

I do not need your agreement.


5 Responses to “Gathering Evidence”

  1. Dominique Mazeaud on June 7th, 2018

    WOW! Another heart piece. You may not need MS groups but they may need your wisdom.

  2. Alexandra Eldridge on June 7th, 2018

    Thank you again and again for your hard earned wisdom. I am greatly benefited by it. XxxA

  3. Paul Drescher on June 7th, 2018

    Thoroughly insightful observations of the inner and outer worlds, in perfect essay form, no less. BRAVO (again!) Cathy! You continue to amaze me!

  4. Barbara on June 14th, 2018

    Thank you

  5. Becky Patterson on June 25th, 2018

    Another genius. Bigger-than-all of us statement. The ultimate creative artist ” Make what you want out of what you have.” -George Washington Carver. The secret to creativity. You are wonderful my Cathy.

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