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Happiness is directly proportional to acceptance and inversely proportional to expectation
Quoted by Michael J Fox on Oprah
I have fond memories of Michael J Fox in his role as the pugnacious, conservative, sincerely insensitive, laser-focused and impossibly intelligent son and sibling in the series, Family Ties. I think that despite the abrasive role he played, his natural charm was simply irrepressible! And so he warmed and won the hearts of many. It was therefore with great dismay that his fans and almost everyone who knew him responded to the news of his affliction with Parkinson’s disease.
Speaking to Oprah, he said that he had successfully concealed his condition for many years but when he could conceal it no more, he found himself in the ironic position of having to comfort and console his deeply saddened colleagues. I can’t help but think how much they must have also been under the spell of his boyish charm and indefatigable attitude.
Does Michael J Fox know anything about happiness? I’m pretty sure he does. When you have something so life-changing happen to you at a relatively early age, preventing you from living the life you had dreamed of, you tend to reach deeper within to find your greatness, or more of your greatness. You tend to appreciate everything you took for granted and you ascend to heights of gratitude that you would have previously never cared to. A great person becomes greater and I believe that is very much the ongoing story of Michael J Fox.
There were two things that he said during his interview that connected so powerfully with me. The first is what MJF quoted and it appears at the top of this post. The second is this and I shall paraphrase:
Alright, you may find that you cannot do certain things but you accept it rather than be devastated by it because while that is one thing that you may not be able to do, there are so many other things that you can still do, so many choices still available to you.
Put these two principles together and I believe Michael J Fox has a pretty good idea what happiness means and how to be happy! I wish him every blessing and thank him for the wonderful, wonderful things he has done and continues to do not least of which is a documentary he is currently making on happiness!
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