"Firsts are fun and exciting and it's neat to keep topping ourselves."
"Never is a lot harder than first, but I guess you get used to it."
Living with MS, we get a lot of both of those. The first time something starts malfunctioning. The thing you loved, or simply regarded as a "given," that you will never do again.
And yet, the Tao Te Ching tells us, "Up and down create each other." Firsts create lasts. Endings create beginnings.
Perhaps we need a new version of the "serenity" prayer. Perhaps, the "unattachment" prayer...
God grant me the unattachment to release both my beginnings and my endings, so that with open hands I can receive the gifts that those changes bring.