Giggle On Spotlight: Kathy
We all know people who embody the “Don’t Give Up! Giggle On!” spirit. These are people who maintain a positive outlook even in the face of life’s stresses, traumas and challenges.
One of those people is a very special and dear friend of mine. Please welcome Kathy to the Giggle On! Spotlight.
Kathy and I met over a year ago at a mutual friend’s home. We were brought together by an interest in metaphysical studies and energy work, specifically, Reiki.
The challenge called “MS”, Multiple Sclerosis
I noticed two things about Kathy immediately. The first thing was her beaming smile. The second thing was her physical limitation. It was impossible to avoid noticing her frail body and reliance on a walker. Kathy has a very rare form of multiple sclerosis and has been living with the disease for over 15 years.
Me and Kathy Giggling On!
Sympathy. Who needs sympathy?
At first, I had great sympathy for Kathy. Here is a woman who cannot walk without assistance. Here is a soul wanting to dance but is somehow trapped inside limbs that don’t function to their fullest potential.
Once Kathy and I began to talk, I realized I had no use feeling sorry for her. She does not feel sorry for herself.
Kathy has a realistic view of who she is. She accepts her circumstance and deals with it. Her goal is to contribute her positive energy to the world and as her friend I will tell you, she does that ALL THE TIME.
Kathy’s 5 Tips for the World
- Understand where you are and where you can be
- Appreciate what you have instead of what you don’t have
- Everyone is given challenges. We have the choice to view it in a positive or negative light
- Associate with positive energy people
- Happiness is a choice. Kathy says, “If you feel sad, allow yourself time to be sad and then move on to something positive“.
When Kathy feels bad, she sets an egg-timer for 5 minutes and allows herself to be sad, angry and upset. She’ll “own” the feeling fully and when the timer goes off, she moves on to something that will bring her joy. Great tip Kath! [Note to self: Get an egg timer!]
Kathy has not given up!!! She continues to Giggle On!
She inspires me to be a better person. Thank you for being a role model. Thank you for being my friend. I love you!
Giggle On! Walk for Kathy
To honor my friendship with Kathy and her contribution to the world, I created a team called Giggle On! for Kathy. We will walk on April 18, 2009 in the MS Walk in Wilmington, Delaware.
PLEASE JOIN US!
To participate in this walk or make a donation to MS, please click this link or the Walk MS icon above and follow the prompts.
And remember, Don’t Give Up! Giggle On!