Friday, June 13, 2008

5 Years Ago Today

A sign that says it all! Found it in a Tennessee Farm Museum.


Just like playing a game of Chess, only I can determine the moves that will make me succeed, and regardless of my opponents’ choices, only I get to decide where I move next.

I may be compelled one way or the other,
but I still have a choice.

Five years ago today I sat in a medical office and was told that I have Multiple Sclerosis. I made an immediate and decisive move that made all the difference in the world. 

I accepted the news and then allowed myself to experience all of the human emotions that you could imagine (grief, anger, fear, peace, etcetera). 

That decision has worked for me and I don’t regret it. Denial at that stage wasn’t for me. Hearing the diagnosis and going through the motions wasn’t for me either.

Given the options my next move was to become as pro-active as possible. But I wanted to decide what was best and right for me and I still live this way. 

If a suggestion, recommendation, or anything else doesn’t sound right or doesn’t sit well with me, then why waste time to evaluate? If a suggestion or recommendation has empirical data, I would study it before I decided anything.

Simply put, the ability to decide my next move in life always has been and will forever be, up to me. Maybe this is why I like the Tennessee sign so much (see above).

This life and the afterlife are what we make of it,
so why not live that way now and get acclimated to it?

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