Fulfilling the First Guidline: Aim to prioritise state of mind above all else
OK, I don’t precisely know what The Right Attitude is for me to have as I attempt to unravel the mysteries of ALS. I suspect, no one does. However, I definitely have some ideas, and I intend to try them out and see what happens. I’ll keep a record of my state of mind on different topics in this Inside My Head section of the website.
Like a good bomb-disposal officer, I’ll give you a running commentary at every step of the way so that you can potentially follow my example if it all works. And avoid my advice like the plague if everything blows up in my face.
With all that said, I think I’ve a good idea of what The Wrong Attitude is.
It’s pretty well exactly the attitude that you risk ending up with if – unprotected by Insider Knowledge – you spend almost any time at all Googling MND, ALS, or (worst of all) making the irretrievable mistake of typing in ‘Prognosis’.
Let’s face it: Do any of those, and it’s a total downer.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not one of those people who believe that Positive Thinking in even partial-denial of brutal reality is a good thing to try. On the contrary, I think that too much of that sort of approach is patently ridiculous. It’s one step away from voluntary brainwashing. And it is doomed to go horribly wrong when Reality comes creeping up on us and we find ourselves totally unprepared because we’ve spent all our time frantically being Positive.
No. I’m a firm believer in steadfastly facing square-shouldered in the direction from which I expect Reality to eventually emerge.
I want to be ready for it when it comes.