Accepting the Truth of What Is

Conceptual Image - Stairway to change/freedom/creativity etc.Michael J. Fox was interviewed in the April/May 2013 AARP Magazine (page 42) and said the following about his health:
“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations…If I can accept the truth of ‘This is what I’m facing – not what can I expect but what I am experiencing now’ – then I have all this freedom to do other things.” Talk about positive thinking! I gotta say, I am an expert whiner when I get sick. After all I say about positive thinking, it is hard for me to get upbeat about being sick. Lately, while suffering from an upper respiratory infection, instead of whining, I have just accepted the present and let go of expectations. Interestingly, I have somewhat enjoyed the down time given to me. I have rested and relaxed for long periods of time. I don’t get that much down time when I’m feeling great, so this goes to show that every illness has a gift embedded in the experience. Sometimes it’s just hard to find. So I now commit to following Mr. Fox’s advice by letting go of expectations and accepting the truth of what I am facing. The truth shall set me free, right?

 

 

One thought on “Accepting the Truth of What Is

  1. Great post, Glenda.
    I was thinking it as I was reading about your experience… “I wonder if she was able to see the time that she was ill as a break, as a time to rest, as a time to take off from ‘doing’ all of the time”. Glad to read on and hear that this was how you viewed it!

    I love the quote you share from Michael J Fox. It makes me think about certain principles I have been reading, studying, and living in my life. I feel that when we let go of expectation, when we are able to enjoy and accept what we are at and what we have… then we can enjoy life’s experience that much more. I love it! I am seeing this show up more and more in my life. Thank you for another reminder,

    Elizabeth

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