Dignity in the face of loss

Michael J. Fox is an actor of considerable talent, who in recent years has been struck down and out of his profession by Parkinson’s Disease, a disease that has taken much more from him than just his career, and which may eventually take his life (although PD is not in and of itself classified as “fatal”, it can lead to complications that can lead to death, and overall life expectancy for PD patients is lower than for people who do not have the disease).  And it’s not so much that what he has to say about it is profound – although it really is – but that it’s “regular”, and real.  He could be your next-door neighbor, and he doesn’t put on any masks, and that may be what I respect the most about him.

What I’ve Learned:  Michael J. Fox

“That’s one of the things the illness has given me: It’s a degree of death. There’s a certain amount of loss, and whenever you have a loss, it’s a step toward death. So if you can accept loss, you can accept the fact that there’s gonna be the big loss. Once you can accept that, you can accept anything. So then I think, Well, given that that’s the case, let’s tip myself a break. Let’s tip everybody a break.” 

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” 

He’s not trying to be deep, he just is.  Thanks for the wisdom, and I wish you all the best, Michael.

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