If you share that quote with a sick person, take a step back, because they might start swinging. Notice the late and great doctor didn’t say always. He said “largely.” Even if it’s just a little, it’s something.
Many of us get caught up in the symptoms and the diagnosis and forget we have control over our thinking which guides our behavior. We can choose to focus on the negative, what doesn’t work and the problem. Or we can focus on the positive, what is working and the solution. At a minimum we can refuse to obsess on the horrible things that might happen.
My recent blood work determined that my thyroid isn’t in a healthy range. The process for this is; blood work, bad result, phone call saying your medication was increased. No other information given. So of course I consulted Dr. Google. I scanned several reputable websites and read several different theories. What I retained from my research is, bla, bla, bla, people in this range have difficulty losing weight. Of course I was less than thrilled with what I uncovered. I have decided to interpret that news as, I need to work harder than people who are not in my range. I still have control, options and the ability to to adress my deficit.
The insightful Dr. Dyer also said, “The most empowering thoughts you can have are those of peace, joy, love, acceptance, and willingness. Dr. WD is my go to guy when I need a mood enhancer. After reading a few of his words I feel like I went to an internal pep rally! He’s also big on mantras and affirmations. I think he would suggest I say to myself, “I am healthy, I am strong, I am fit”. Ok, the last one might be a push. But couldn’t we all benefit from a large dose of positive self talk?