Day 157 – What the Worm is to the Apple

Art Apple - Day One Hundred Fifty Seven

Sorrow is to the soul what the worm is to the apple.

This is from a Turkish proverb that actually says “Sorrow is to the soul what the worm is to the wood” but the point remains the same.

When we live in sadness it eats up our spirit and our soul. Once it takes up home, it is very difficult to evict – but it can be done – especially with support and help. I was amazed in today’s twitter chat that so many amazing people deal with AS and yet have found a way to focus on the positives, look for the good, and pull together to support one another.

For me, seeing this strength and courage has been the biggest surprise and blessing of this journey. We all need love and support, but especially we need attention and care. We’ve all been in the place of desperation – any support that you can give to people who are going through a bad time helps them immensely. You make a difference by connecting with others who need the kindness and care you can give. Reach out today – your spirit will lift when you do and someone else’s sorrow will lessen.

Until tomorrow.


Day 157 was created in ink and watercolor – with a little help from Bittie…


Bittie thinks she can help me paint.


5 Replies to “Day 157 – What the Worm is to the Apple”

  1. Jenna, I have no excuse for missing this mornings first twitter for A.S. The honest to god truth is I

  2. Jenna, the honest to god truth is I took on WAY too much, I’m not making any excuses for myself. There is one very special new friend that has literally SAVED my life. She has done more for me than she could ever know. I share a special connection with her, and her daughter. I want to stand up and Fight for ALL rare diseases, not just Ankylosing Spondylitis. I can’t speak for my husband, but I can speak for myself.

  3. I love this apple, the colors are beautiful.
    I love this writing, you are completely right in all that you said, when we live in sadness is very difficult to evict but we can do it if we can have help.
    Is very important to have friends, to have around us people that can understand our situation, for seeing how others can improve their lives, how can we can help others with understanding and love. This is a key to have the daily strength to fight not just the disease, also sadness and depression.

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