Honestly, ask yourself this question:
Do you act the way you feel or do you feel the way you act?
When you get up in the morning, do you choose to think positively or, do you wake up and wait to see what thoughts just come to mind? Choosing to think positively immediately upon waking will set the tone for your entire day! No, it certainly cannot make Fibromyalgia (FMS) or any other chronic illness go away. Of course it will not change the facts of whatever problems you are dealing with such as finances, the loss of a job, etc. But choosing to think positively in spite of such things will make a difference in how well you hold up to, manage, and LIVE with and through such things.
I often hear people say, “I’ve got to wait and see how I feel when I wake up in the morning.” I am not denying the legitimacy of such statements. Certainly there are aspects of our health we have to accept, learn to work around, and just LIVE with. However, “waiting to see” how you feel also translates into letting LIFE “happen to you”. You have essentially handed over the power to the only things you really have control of—your thoughts and actions!
I do not say such statements lightly. As with all things I tell you, I do my best to practice what I preach. Yes, it is true that I cannot know for sure what I am going to be able to do each day. FMS varies in its severity and effect on me from moment to moment. Of course, if I wake up in a horrible flare, with increased pain, experiencing severe fibro fog, etc. it dictates what I am able to do. It does not have to dictate my attitude however. I control that!
It is my choice as to whether or not I let actually, legitimately, and physically feeling badly effect my mood. I choose whether or not I am a grouch to others or treat others with respect. I choose whether or not I am bitter about not being able to do whatever I want. I can just as easily choose to evaluate what I am able to do and embrace that! Even if all I am able to do that day is rest, I can choose to be thankful for all the good aspects of my LIFE and gear my thoughts toward how great it will be when I do feel better and can do at least some of what I would like to be doing!
This simple change will make a huge difference in your LIFE, but you have to choose to do it, consistently: When you awaken each morning, no matter what your physical condition and/or no matter what problems still exist, choose to be positive, optimistic, hopeful, and grateful! You may not notice a big change the first day, the eighth day, or even longer, however, eventually you will find that, while your situation may not have improved, how you feel about it, your LIFE in general, those you share your LIFE with, and yourself will have changed for the better! As simplistic as it sounds, it is true: Positivity attracts possitivity and leads to positive outcomes. Negativity attracts negativity and leads to negative outcomes. Why not choose to be positive?
So, again, while it is true that you cannot “positive-think-away” an illness or troubling event or situation, you certainly can “positive-think-yourself” into a calmer, happier, more stable place mentally and emotionally and it will make a difference in all other aspects of your LIFE. The choice really is yours and only yours—mine and only mine. No one else can make this choice for us.