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?