Michael J. Fox Doesn’t Worry – Why Should You?

They say that women are born worriers. We worry about our children, we worry about our jobs, we worry about our family and the bills and our health and the fate of the government…we worry. To what end?

Now I am not going to say that I never worry, who could, but a quote from Michael J. Fox has put it into perspective for me.

Michael J. Fox is an accomplished actor from a young age, loving husband and father, fierce advocate for Parkinson’s research and someone who also happens to have Parkinson’s disease. He has recently returned to television in a new half-hour comedy and helps fans of the show have a glimpse into the life of someone living, thriving and laughing with such a difficult disease. If anyone had a reason to worry, wouldn’t it be him?

“Don’t spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice.” Michael J. Fox

Makes you stop for a second and think, doesn’t it?

I am reminded of another great perspective shared in a quote from Barbara J. Winter:

“When you come to the edge of all the light you know,
and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown,
FAITH is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on
or you will be taught how to fly.”

― Barbara J. Winter

Barbara Winters is a pretty amazing woman. Twenty years ago she wrote a book about being self employed long before it was a recognized option. The book, Making a Living Without a Job offers stories, ideas and solutions for making a living doing something you love! Imagine that. She is an original Purposeful Woman.

The point of this article is to recognize and acknowledge that sometimes things won’t go the way we plan, but if we spend all of our time fretting and worrying about it, we miss the opportunity to enjoy the moment we are in. 

We can be prepared. We can surround ourselves with positive people. We can have faith that wings will appear. And we can be in the moment; learning, experiencing and enjoying each day for the gift that it is. 

Don’t worry – be happy.