February 2013 Walking update ~ Consciously Choose Happiness

PollyannaWhen I was editing this video it sounded so Pollyannaish! How could someone living with the chronic condition of Multiple Sclerosis honestly be happy? I gratefully don’t have much pain, that would change things. I’ve had short periods of intense pain, enough to empathize with those who do and enough to fear the possibility of pain in my future. I’ve decided to enjoy the NOW and even though life doesn’t look like I planned, I still find joy in every day!

I’ve thought from my teenage years that I was destined to be a counselor for the sick so I started college majoring in nutrition; I thought that was a good place to start. There was chemistry involved and having struggled unmercifully in high school chemistry I switched to a major that suited me more, social work. I intended going back for my masters after the kids were in school, to counsel the sick at heart, MS got in my way and now I am working with the physically ill.

I am blessed to have, like Polly Anna, a positive nature. You know the quote, “If you don’t like something, change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

None of us like living with MS. We can change our attitude about this new reality. It makes me think of our amazing minds. Two parts of the mind, our subconscious and conscious are two spheres of activity in one. Joseph Murphy teaches in his book, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”, that “Our conscious mind is the reasoning mind, the phase of mind that chooses. We decide everything with our conscious mind. On the other hand, without any conscious choice on our part, all of our vital functions; digestion, circulation, breathing are kept functioning automatically by the subconscious mind through processes independent of our conscious mind.

“Our subconscious mind accepts what is impressed upon it or what we consciously believe. Our subconscious mind is like a recording machine that faithfully reproduces whatever we impress upon it.” Therefore, we must choose wisely what we record. The subconscious hears everything we say and creates according to our beliefs.

Whatever we think and say, our subconscious will create in our lives. When we make comments like, “I’m miserable, depressed, bored, disheartened.” Our subconscious will assume that’s what we want and will give us what we ask for.

Don’t worry, in order to change our beliefs, all we need to do it is change our thoughts and what we say. Even though we might not ultimately have the control to overcome this MS condition, we have power over our attitude.

We have the power. We honestly can choose to be happy. I would love to help you find joy in your MS reality. I have a great listening ear. Click here to book time with me.

I look forward to visiting with you!
Linda Grace Cox


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. This was nice to read, a really positive post and positive outlook that make me realise that when I think things are bad they are really not that bad at all.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Porte~
      Thanks for saying so! It’s all about seeing and creating joy in our lives! Physical pain is something I need to learn how people manage…

  2. I think we need a good attitude to live through this life….it is not easy but I try. I like that quote about ‘if you cant change it, then change your attitude’

    • Hey Kim!
      It’s the story of our lives, isn’t it? We can’t change it all, but we can choose our attitude! I love this online world~ We’ve never met in person but I know you understand!

  3. Hello Linda,

    I like you post very much. Here you said straight forward rather than here and there. If you dont like something change it , if you cant then change your attitude. I understand and like you nature of surviving. Its always good to change something which we dont like otherwise change attitude. There is no result in anything if we dont have interest in it.


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