Posted by: sistermom1 | January 24, 2014

Half Empty?

I had a powerful realization this morning. I am surrounded by glass half-empty kind of people. When things are in an uproar, and they are unsure how things are going to work out, they tend to go negative, and lead with “what’s wrong” and why things are not going to work out positively. This is the polar opposite to the way I take things.

If a glass is half-empty, then it is also half-full, right?

I am developing some appreciation for how some of the people around me interact with me — especially as a chronically ill person. How hard it must be for them to deal with me, especially since I am a glass-half-full person almost 100% of the time… To top it off, I just completed reading “You Can Create an Exceptional Life” by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. In it, they write about the power of affirmations to eradicate fear and improve the quality of your life. >”…The formula is simple: Think thoughts that make you feel good, make choices that make you feel good, and take actions that make you feel good. Then surrender the outcome, trusting that Life will bring you what you need to grow and be happy.”

Adding affirmations to my “half-full” approach to life is something that I have not consistently done — at least until now. After reading this book, that changes today. I never thought of my diagnosis of MS as something that invited me to consider/learn more about what my body needs. I have been treating MS as something to fight and as a problem to solve rather than as a wake-up call that is giving me an opportunity to grow, change and live thoughtfully and consciously. Of course, I will continue to seek and follow solid medical advice and counsel. Along with that, I am revving up my side of the equation. Not sure exactly what will happen, but remembering that life is a journey not a destination, I pledge to celebrate each day with strong, positive affirmations — no matter what!



  1. I love this. I also am an optimist. My partner (with MS) is the polar opposite. However, he has decided to take responsibility for his MS & he has been very committed to eating healthy, exercising, etc. It has been so beneficial to his recovery progress & because of HIS actions… He is feeling better. Still has MS, of course 😉 BUT at least he is feeling better!

    Ila from He Has MS

  2. Thank you Ila! Blessings to your partner — I wish both of you much happiness along this journey. Through this, I have developed a real appreciation for my husband and children, and the people who are in my life and support me – remembering how challenging it can get for them to do that! Stay positive!!!!

  3. Hello:
    I am a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada and author of the book “Faulty Wiring: Living with Invisible MS.” I am launching a new website on invisible MS very soon and I would like to include links to (at least one) of your blog posts. Do you have any objection to me doing so? And would you be willing to share your full name? Most of the other bloggers I’m linking to are doing so, but I will respect your privacy, if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

    Suzanne Robins

    • Hi Suzanne!
      Thanks so much for your message/inquiry. Congratulations on your book and your website. I have also written a book which should be released later this year. Connecting to my blog would be great – thank you for asking me! My full name is Linda Burke. Let’s keep in touch!

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