‘’The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.’’ ~ John Milton
On 24th December 2007, St. John’s Memorial Hospital was buzzing with news of Ward No. 5’s recovery. Despite it being Christmas Eve, the nurses and doctors alike were seen running over to congratulate the doctor. Everyone wished to witness this Christmas miracle before they headed home.
What was this miracle you ask?
Well, it all began on a fateful May morning…
On the surface, it had been just another day for Margaret Marshall. She was running around the house searching for her bags and books. Her mother was calling her for breakfast and she could already see the school bus getting smaller from her window.
‘’Are you running late again, magpie?’’ asked her Mrs. Marshall, as she peeked out from her room.
‘’ I was up all night studying. Have a big test today!’’ explained Margaret.
‘’I know big test, deadly deadline…’’mumbled the elder women, ‘’no time for Gran at all!’’
Agatha Marshall aka Gran had flown over specially to see her granddaughter before she graduated. However, the teenager had spent all the time either cooped up in her room or buried under books.
‘’Well, it isn’t like you are going forever. You will be back for the Christmas holidays. I will have all the time in the world then.’’ Margaret assured her with an apologetic smile.
With a hug and a kiss, the young girl rushed off to school but on her way she met with an accident. The driver responsible fled the scene as a crowd gathered around the young girl.
‘’Does anyone know her name? Check her school bag?’’ a woman questioned.
‘’Did someone call the ambulance?’’ another asked.
Below them Maggie tried to feel her legs, she attempted to open her eyes but her head was too heavy. The last thing she heard was the blaring siren of an ambulance coming for her.
When Margaret was first rushed to the hospital the doctor’s had no clue what to do with her. Although the injuries seemed minor, the internal injuries were severe.
Initially, Margaret saw no hope in recovering. How could she get back on her feet? It seemed impossible looking at her current condition. She could barely sit and her mother assured her of a full recovery.
The young girl grew pessimistic and bitter. Everything around her frustrated her; she stopped meeting friends because they reminded her of her lost potential, her younger siblings got scared of her testy temper and the doctor’s too started giving up on her.
Then the sullen demeanor shattered when Margaret got her Grandmother’s letter.
’ Dear Magpie,
See you on Christmas morning, just like you promised.
I have faith in you but to make our meeting worth it, you have to have faith in yourself!
The letter injected a wave of optimism in the young patient. She gradually started accepting therapy and making efforts to move. The doctor said that it was her ‘mind over pain’ mantra that got her out of the wheelchair.
This story teaches us that no matter how bad the times turn, we can get through it if positivity runs in our veins.
Therefore, we must think positive and wish for the sunny days when the grey clouds darken our skies.
A Selection of Positive Thinking Quotes
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~ Groucho Marx
“Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn’t be affected by an incident unless you let it.” ~ Epictetus
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wooden
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?” ~ Steve Schulte
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ~
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