Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Have MS? "Live in the Moment, Believe in the Best!"

I have heard the phrase "Plan for the worst & hope for the best" many times within the past couple of years. I must admit... I don't agree with this phrase! To me, it has a negative connotation to it. (And for those of you who know me, I am all about having a positive attitude!)

First of all, if we are "planning for the worst", we are actually allowing our minds to go 'there' -- 'there' being the 'worst case scenario' of what could happen to us. Think about it, if we left our home to drive in our car to the store and we 'planned for the worst' that could happen that day, what would we have done differently before we left the house? Matter of fact, we may never have left the house - hey, anything can happen, right? I don't believe in 'planning for the worst'! I believe in 'planning' but NOT 'planning for the worst'.

If you have just been diagnosed with MS (or any other health condition for that matter) and you start planning for the worst outcome, I believe that this planning has an impact on what might actually happen to you. Our minds and thoughts are very powerful things. Yes, it is important to be realistic. If you were in the market to buy a new house and then you were just diagnosed with MS and have difficulties with your legs, it may alter the type of houses you are currently considering to buy (e.g., if one has lots of stairs, you may not buy that house at this time) However, if you are living in your current house and decide that right after the diagnosis you are going to start to make changes to the house to make it wheelchair-accessible and you are NOT in a wheelchair and do not need to be in one -- why would you do this?

Live in the present moment. Look at the current situation at hand and decide what you need at that moment. Believe in yourself. Give equal billing to the other side of the coin if you are going into the future with your mind AND think about the positive outcome. Maybe you will be just fine in the future, maybe you will get better, maybe you will live a rich and fulfilling life no matter what you are facing right now! (you can and you will!)

As far as the "hope for the best" part of the phrase, I always have felt that the word "hope" implies that the best is somewhere "out there" and not within reach at this moment. It has somewhat of a desperate tone to it. I believe that the best is within our reach at all times. If we would only just believe in that, believe in ourselves, believe in the power of our own human spirit and will.

I think the phrase should be "Live in the Moment, Believe in the Best!"

What do you think?


Thursday, March 03, 2005


Welcome to Lovin' Life Blog!

Maria Lesetz wants you to know that YOU CAN have a rich and fulfilling life, even with the diagnosis of MS! Maria knows 'cause she has been there and IS there. It's just "Another Bump In The Road"!

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