Gratitude + Optimism

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A recent AARP magazine post spotlighting Michael J. Fox, star of Family TiesBack to the Future, and of other popular, noteworthy fame, answered a reporter’s question about how he had managed to pull himself out of a dark place where he landed after recovering from a 2018 spinal surgery to remove a benign tumor wrapped around his spine; having to learn how to walk all over again as a result of that surgery; and falling at home four months later, shattering his arm in the process. Keep in mind, for over thirty years Mr. Fox has suffered from what is currently an incurable disease. He knows there will be no cure for Parkinson’s in his lifetime, but remarkably, he was able to admirably respond to the AARP reporter’s question.

I started to notice things I was grateful for and the way other people would respond to difficulty with gratitude. I concluded that gratitude makes optimism sustainable.

And if you don’t think you have anything to be grateful for, keep looking. Because you don’t just receive optimism.

You can’t wait for things to be great and then be grateful for that. You’ve got to behave in a way that promotes that.

For this, my last blog post of the year – also my 1,166th post – I will simply say that I am inspired by the above words; I am humbled by them; and I accept the challenge these words have presented.

That’s all, but it’s enough. See you in 2022.

4 thoughts on “Gratitude + Optimism

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    December 27, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    I read that article…it was so inspiring. Thanks for spotlighting it, Irene. Gratitude should never be a part-time gig. xo

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      Irene Olson responded:
      December 27, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Most definitely. And I’ve decided on my word for 2022. It will be revealed in next Monday’s post.

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    Mary Riesche said:
    December 27, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!

    On Mon, Dec 27, 2021, 8:07 AM Living: the ultimate team sport wrote:

    > Irene Olson posted: ” A recent AARP magazine post spotlighting Michael J. > Fox, star of Family Ties, Back to the Future, and of other popular, > noteworthy fame, answered a reporter’s question about how he had managed to > pull himself out of a dark place where he lande” >

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