Heard Michael J Fox promote his new book during a recent interview on NPR. He said a few things that rang true to me. Here are a couple excerpts.


During Michael J Fox's recent interview with NPR's Scott Simon, he said a couple profound things. 

The actor, known for his work in the Back to the Future trilogy and sitcoms Family Ties and Spin City has been fighting Parkinson's in a very public battle both personally and through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

The actor, who proudly calls himself a graduate of the "University of the Universal," has written a small book aimed at graduates. In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Fox shares some lessons from his own life. - More at NPR.

In the interview, he struck me as being remarkably at peace with an affliction which affects every facet of his life. That peace comes without surrender.

... I'm pretty set on my path and pretty comfortable with what Im doing. And I have enough experience to know that I seem to be pleasing the people who I most want to please. And when I'm not pleasing them, I'm learning from their disappointment and it's pushing me in the right direction.

So I dont burden myself too much with others' expectations or even my own expectations. I think your happiness grows in direct proportion to your acceptance and in inverse proportion to your expectations. It's just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other, or doing the next right thing, so to speak.

Mr. Fox's new book is A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned, By Michael J. Fox, Hardcover, 112 pages, Hyperion, List price: $17.99.