Friday, July 9, 2010

Living it Twice

I came across this quote by Michael J. Fox recently and it struck a chord with me.  It's from his book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned.  I haven't read his book, but I think I should.  I bet I'd like it.
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.
Isn't that so true?  I think worrying comes with the territory when you're the parent of a kid with special needs.  There are no guarantees for the future - for health, for self-care, for cognition, sometimes even for life itself.  But, are there any guarantees for any of us? Of course not.  What good is it to worry?  I believe happiness is a choice and sometimes I have to choose to be happy.  Stressing about Elijah's future isn't good for any of us.  Besides, I'd rather live the good moments twice, wouldn't you?


rc45 said...

Very true perspective Lisa. You and Andy are very good parents.
Reggie Warren

Anonymous said...

I will 2nd what Mr Warren said. Keep on keeping on being the great parents that you are.
Sometimes wisdom comes with age and sometimes age comes with wisdom.
Love Dad

Molly said...

As my grandfather says "it was a long hard life and only half of it happened"

Kathy Lausted said...

I love being a mother - even though my children are grown - you never stop being a mother. Having Elijah for a grandson and Eden for a granddaughter is twice the joy and twice the blessings. I'm living life twice:) Keep up the good work! Love, MomKat

Christina said...

Worry is a part of human nature, but it won't change the outcome. And worry only brings on sicknesses that can change your life. I love your title "Living it Twice". It's so very true we need to enjoy each day no matter what, and experience that joy more than once! I just read this on a day I needed it most. I do believe it will be a better day! Love you and your family! xoxxo
Love cousin - Christina

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