The Power of the Mind

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Today I am grateful to be able to live with true happiness.

Last winter after I heard Dr. Ann Little at the University of Michigan tell me that I have ALS, I asked her a simple question: “Now what do I do?”

“Live life the best you can,” she told me.

After a month of mourning and never thinking I could find true happiness again, I cried and I searched and then I listened. I listened to my friends tell me that they found happiness after having major setbacks in their lives. I listened to Bryan and Kelly tell me that I had so many positives in my life that I shouldn’t focus on the one negative. And I listened to Corey tell me that people go through major trials every day with much less support than I have and that because I have the best family and friends in the world, if I can’t walk, they will carry me.

So after my month-long pity party, I decided to live. I decided I needed to train my mind to live in the now. I know I’ve talked about this before, but the power of living in the now is astounding. When I let my mind wander, it’s poison. When I let my mind wander, I still say naughty words and I cry. But for the most part I am living life the best I can now and I am happy in most moments.

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16 thoughts on “The Power of the Mind

  1. Thank you for once again showing us all what true courage and bravery look like. You are one amazing woman Rosemary and I am so very blessed to have you in my life. God has given us the gift of you and Mark and your amazing family. Praying daily.

  2. I live my life through your strength and courage and in what you write in your daily posts, a lot us that comment use the word “inspire”…..but if truth be told you are the most inspirational writer that I have known. It warms my heart to hear your positive attitude and it helps me with my little struggles that life throws my way……It’s positive energy that gets us all through these issues. But you Rosemary are God send to us all…..thank you for being so open honest with us all…..love and hugs girlie……

  3. I just can’t say enough how you inspire all of us, especially me. As much as we get caught in the web of daily life and find it hard to shake it off, your posts just make that difficult time fall off from our thoughts and put our lives back to where it belongs Thank You Rosemary!
    Denise Holstege

  4. Aunt rosemary it true live life to the fullest u r doing I hope I can be like u by learning from u and I love u and uncle mark and miss u

  5. Aunt rosemary u r true about live life to the fullest,u also have good spirts in everything I hope I do well like u, I love u and uncle mark and miss u guys

  6. YES – the power of living in the now is astounding – and contagious! And like a true mother, you are continuing to give the gift of life…a contagious life, a grateful life, a life of grace. DID I SAY CONTAGIOUS?!?!?!?

  7. “Keep your head where your feet are!”~ one of the sayings I try to live by. Love & peace to your entire crew, Rosemary!

  8. The way you live your life, the way you and Mark show your love towards each other, you’re teaching us all how to live life to it’s fullest. And for that we say “thank you” and send our prayers and love … Ed and Sandi

  9. “Optimism is true moral courage.” ~ Ernest Shackleton

    Rosemary ~ you are the most optimistic person I have ever met! A true angel upon this earth. I love you and miss you!

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