Yesterday I attended a benefit luncheon for Multiple Sclerosis. I’ve attended this luncheon every year since 2008–with the exception of one, and every year I come away amazed at the tenacity of the guest speaker and a very real lesson about life and the attitude with which a successful person approaches it.
This year however, surpassed all with the guest speaker being David Osmond, the nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond and a musician in his own right. Indeed, one of my first thoughts was that I needed to get a couple of his CD’s because he really is an amazing performer.
Being a musician is not his only talent though. He is a fantastic motivational speaker who has the ability to move the audience to feel his emotion, something he has plenty of given the fact that he was diagnosed with MS at the age of 26 during a very rapid and aggressive onset that confined him to a wheelchair in a relatively short period of time.
David Osmond credits his father, Alan Osmond who also has MS for his positive outlook, citing his father’s philosophy of approaching life with a T.U.F.F. outlook. He went on to explain that no matter what your problems are, the first thing you must do is:
Target the problem. After all, how can you fight a problem when you haven’t identified exactly what it is first?
Second, Understand the Problem. Study it, he said. Every angle, backwards and forwards until you know everything there is to know about it.
Third, Focus on it. Don’t get distracted. If you are distracted your energies are divided.
Fourth, Fight it. Fight with all you’ve got what you’ve targeted, how you understand it and with all your focus.
There is something in this philosophy that all of us could learn from whether or not it is MS or something else we are struggling with. “Life is tough,” Alan told his son. “Be T.U.F.F. back.” Wise words indeed, and something I will try to remember when life does get tough.
If you are interested in any of David Osmond’s music, a percentage of the proceeds goes to benefit MS research so you would helping out a great cause.
For more information on MS and symptoms visit Beyond the Brush.