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Looking to the Future

September 17, 2009

Always Looking Up: the Adventures of an Incurable OptimistThe ability to share in someone else’s dream – a great read gives me that, with the happy consequence of reigniting my own dreams. 

Although, at first, I was a little wary of Michael J. Fox’s Always Looking Up: the Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.  After all, Family Ties, Back to the Future… gotta admit, as an actor, he left me less than thrilled. 

But as an author, you can officially count me his fan.  Fox’s new glass-half-full sequel (see: Lucky Man) has had me up late most of this week, sympathizing with his challenges, cheering alongside his victories, and resolutely applying his infectious, won’t-quit optimism to my own life.

The simple power of a book.  And the simple power of a person to keep at it, to choose to focus on talents vs. limitations.

Favorite Takeaways so Far:

1.  All obstacles are opportunities.  Okay, so you’ve heard this before: when one door shuts, another opens.  But whether it’s living with a disability, losing a job, or being cut off in traffic, we can choose how to view each event in our lives, no matter how big or small.  Like Fox, I choose opportunity!

2.  Don’t hide, engage.  A diagnosis of Parkinson’s could understandably drive anyone to give up, to lock the door and simply shut out the world — which, let’s face it, is what we all feel like doing some times, especially in the face of bad news.  But Fox does the opposite.  He flings the door wide open.  He invites the world to share in his challenge and celebrate his life, no matter this devastating turn. 

Keep at it.  Always look up.  It seems simple but it’s the kind of advice that keeps me living and dreaming every day.

Cindy a.k.a. Claire

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynn permalink
    September 28, 2009 3:44 pm

    Most excellent blog, I enjoyed hearing about how Michael J. Fox adjusted to his illness. The advice about seeing obstacles as opportunities was very apt, and is something I will keep with me going forward.

    I would enjoy hearing more about his life and lessons.

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