Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Michael J.Fox and hope; How you have the power to be positive

When I think about the actor Michael J.Fox, I smile. Is it because he’s one of the few Canadians on TV (come on who didn’t like ‘Family Ties’) or is it because his characters always exuded warmth and positivity? Mr. Fox was twenty-nine years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. How does someone find the silver lining when hearing that news at such a young age? Somehow, through it all, he has remained positive and touched many others to be optimistic in their lives.

Last week, I found out his secret. I watched his documentary called the ‘Adventures of an Incurable Optimist,’ which explored where positive energy comes from and how someone can find it themselves. I had goose bumps as he said, “I didn’t have to let the terms of the disease define me. I could redefine the terms.” I know that in some people’s lives there can come a fork in the road to survival. The decision is made to either stay positive or negative. What struck me as truly amazing was Mr. Fox’s determination to live a wonderful life, even though he was sentenced to a disease.

Michael J. Fox’s message of hope rings true to whomever he meets. One of his messages to viewers was, “Hope doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Everyone needs to help one another.” His kind of hope, sense of humor and positive outlook on life is contagious. I would spend a day with Michael J. Fox any day!

During the documentary, he interviewed people from regular cow farmers to celebrities and politicians. He asked them their thoughts on being optimistic. I loved it when Lance Armstrong said, “This is the life that I owe to cancer. I am a better athlete and person after the disease. My attitude is different.”

So today if things get tough or if you see someone having a tough time, remember you have the power to change it. As Michael J. Fox says, “Happiness is about connecting with people. Optimism is contagious.“

13 comments:

...love Maegan said...

he IS so inspiring. I thought he only had a book out but now I can't wait to watch the documentary.

Underfunded Heiress said...

I agree very inspiring!

I think a positive attitude is half the battle in life.

I'll half to watch this.

Mich said...

i watched part of this too. it was so touching.

its amazing what hope and a positive outlook can do.

Char said...

he is very inspiring!

Children of the Nineties said...

I saw the documentary also, I thought it was a great message. I didn't realize he'd been diagnosed at such a young age. I know he has his critics, but I think he is a great role model for people facing these types of challenges.

Dollface said...

He is a great man with a great attitude... I feel so bad for him and his family.. I saw a part of the documentary and it was inspiring! xxoo

Laura said...

...love Maegan: The documentary was amazing. Let me know what you think.

Underfunded Heiress: Our lives can change if we decide to be positive.

Mich:I totally agree =)

Laura said...

Right on Char!

Children of the Nineties: Those critics are SO negative. Thank you for your comment.

Dollface:He has such a great attitude.

Cairo Typ0 said...

What a great message. Fox is incredibly inspiring.

Donna Maria said...

How very true....Xx

bridechic said...

You're on my blog roll now. Love your insights . . .

Amber said...

I saw that special too, and he is very inspiring. Definitely someone to look up to and strive to be more like.

disa said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.