The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis was bestowed on me a few years ago. I felt horrified, confused, and desperate. I also felt alone. This was my problem, not a commonly experienced natural disaster. And everyone knows: “There is no cure for MS.” For weeks, I was frantic.
The purpose of life has now been established: It’s to have a good time. If you’re not having a good time, why not? You are creating your life anew every morning. If you have a job you hate, quit it; find something else. If you’re in a relationship that makes you miserable, end it.
I was recently on a long-haul flight from Sydney, Australia to Vancouver, Canada. A young mother with two little boys sat in the row in front of me. The flight attendant announced that no one was to use peanuts, as these boys had severe peanut allergies.
Japan’s predominate religions are Shintoism and Buddhism. Traditionally, Shintoism focuses on daily rituals aimed at connecting the practitioner to Japan’s ancient roots and his/her ancestors, as well as the divine essence that supports all life — rocks, trees, animals, and the earth itself.
While waiting in a long line at a coffee shop, a woman remains calm and content, while the patron behind her feels irritated and frustrated. When cut off in traffic, a man continues calmly driving toward his destination, while another driver blows his horn and shouts obscenities.
I can appreciate books and healing systems that focus on the positive. It bothers me, though, when the message seems to be that if you just use “this” technique, “that” affirmation, or something else, then everything will change quickly and your wonderful new life will flow with ease.