My friend Raleigh has had his share of medical problems including two strokes, a hole in his heart, a heart operation, and being unable to sleep more than a few hours a night. Despite all of that, he is one of the fittest people I know, and he always has a positive attitude. Last Saturday, we met to go to a race, and as we were driving there and Raleigh was humming, I noticed he had a brace on his wrist. When I asked him what happened, he said, “Oh, I found out I have a fracture in my wrist.”
I mentioned how much I appreciated his positivity, and he dropped a pearl of wisdom when he said, “You adapt to each situation the best you can. It doesn’t do any good to complain about it, or be upset, you do your best to fix it, and then move on."
That little nugget of brilliance can be true in almost every circumstance because we might not be able to control everything that happens to us, but we can control how we react. Instead of allowing something to wreak havoc with our emotions, what if we come up with a plan to deal with the situation, and not agonize every second over it?
If you have a physical issue, what can you do to solve it, and remember the excuses why nothing will work are only holding you back. What will work for you? What help do you need, and where can you find that help? Adopt the attitude that this is only one more thing you must overcome.
If your problem is more mental, you should also make a plan. Don’t allow emotions to rule your life. Find the help you need, surround yourself with the right people, and know that you deserve to be happy.