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   Posted 10/21/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I was watching television last week and heard a man who completely changed his life around.  He wrote a book called The Upside of Fear.  Anyway, what he was saying can apply to so many areas of our lives, including our fibro, that I thought I'd pass this along. 
1.)  He said to focus on what you want in life...not what you don't want.  How many times have we worried about things and then they do happen?  It's almost like we are attracting things to happen.  But he said he visually focused on what he wanted and he typically did achieve it.
2.)  He said to get emotionally anchored to things you desire by writing them down, reading, and experiencing them. 
3.)  He said to take action that's consistent with the things you desire.  He quoted Will Rogers.  For those who are too young, Will Rogers was a movie star back in the 1920's and 1930's.  He also had a syndicated column and was known for his quotes.  I happen to love this quote.  "Even if you are on the right path, you will get run over if you just sit there."  Boy, is that ever true!
4.)  Lastly he said to take responsibility for your responses to whatever life throws at you.  He is not saying we are to blame for what happens in our lives but we are responsible as to how we handle things once they are in our lives.  The reality to our success in life is how we respond to these things.  So, he said that it's a personal responsibility to respond in a positive manor.
I was reading an article last night that was telling how to raise serotonin levels a natural way.  The very first thing on the list was having a positive attitude!  I know that if you think positively, you don't have nearly the stress you do if you are concerned about everything.  So, taking each day at a time and living it to your fullest ability and looking towards the future with hope really does help us all!  This information hit home for me and I hope some will get something out of this post.

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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 10/21/2009 12:15:11 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/21/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
What a great thing to read. I have found it extremely important to NOT focus on my pain. It has taken a long time to stop the "inventory process" but it works. If we begin to worry about and dwell on what is happening it gets worse. Has anyone noticed that when you are really engrossed in something positive you are far less likely to notice your pain. Our minds are very clever and can feed upon our negative thoughts quickly.

The natural serotonin point is also very interesting. I once read that laughter, even if forced, can boost serotonin. So I just sit around giggling to make myself feel better. Gotta laugh!!

Best to all, I have missed you and hope to be back more often.


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   Posted 10/21/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Very, very good Sherrine. smilewinkgrin
So this morning I invisioned a very clean orderly utility room, it hasn't been cleaned out in four years. Okay, the brain wrote a check the body couldn't cash but I will get it done no matter how long it takes to do it.
I really think we need to be stubborn and determined when dealing with fibro.
That's why I laugh at Sherrine so much Patsie, to raise my serotonin levels. devil
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   Posted 10/21/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, I really enjoyed reading this. 
The old adage " Laughter is the Best Medicine" rings true for me. From my experiance
I have learned to try to accept things that I can't change and focus more on the things I
can change. It is important to realize we are not our illnesses. We can still enjoy life.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been reading The Road Less Traveled and it's like a Psychiatrist in a book!! It has changed the way I think and I'm only in Chapter 2. I highly suggest it, it's good to have a dictionary nearby though!!
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   Posted 10/22/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Good reading yeah
Spirit ~

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   Posted 10/22/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherrine,

I really loved this post. I notice since I am working that I feel better. Especially at work. I don't notice my pain much at all because I am concentrating on something else. So that really works. distractions...

Thanks for the uplifting thread, maybe we can all add something in the way to take our minds off of fibromyalgia.

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   Posted 10/22/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
This reminds me very much of the DVD, "The Secret" that was so popular, was it last year? I'm not sure I agree with everything that they said on that DVD, but certainly I do believe that our negative thoughts attract. I have a sticky note on my computer screen, since that is where I am most of the day and it reads "I AM HOPEFUL" with a little smiley face, just to remind me to try to stay positive. I have lived a lifetime of negative thoughts, self defeating thoughts, and so it is very difficult to change that, but I am trying, every day.
Thanks so much Sherrine for sharing that with us. It's a very good reminder.
One more thought, something I heard on that DVD.. create a vision board. For me, it is how I envision my retirement and I used photos and cut out pictures from a magazine, etc., and keep it near you to view on a daily basis. It could also be how we envision ourselves, as healthy and living with less pain. Now that I've said that, I'm going to have to create one for myself!
take good care

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