A Million Dollars Worth of Ideas to Make Your Life a Lot Better

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

This post was inspired by a woman in an online support group that I participate in.  Carol (not her real name) wrote to say she needed to vent because her house had become a mess. Because of a flare, she wasn’t able to keep up with the housework, and her husband played computer games instead of helping out (he had been choosing computer games over helping with housework for several years). The first idea that came to my mind was that  they should find a marriage counselor, although I don’t know their  relationship issues so I don’t know if that would help.

But here’s an idea that I think would help. Maybe it will also help you, with whatever illness related problems you are facing. Imagine that I have a million dollars to give away. To win that money, all you need to do is think of  good ideas  to make your life better. For every one you think of, I will give you $50,000. Just one small catch: the ideas can’t cost more to implement than you can afford right now. Even with that restriction, I bet that you could win a lot of money from me – very likely the entire $1,000,000.

I think you’ll agree that in the sitation I just described, you would think of many ideas to make your life with a chronic illness better – and if you agree, then we both know that you can come up with many good ideas for improving your life. I encourage you to give this game a try, because even though the prize money is imaginary, the improvement in your life that you will experience will be very real.

If Carol gives this a try and shares her results, which I hope she does, I’ll let you know how she does.

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2 Responses to “A Million Dollars Worth of Ideas to Make Your Life a Lot Better”

  1. Sheila says:

    I guess I don’t get it. Isn’t everyone who is limited by business and illness CONSTANTLY trying to think of some ways to make life easier/more efficient/better? Isn’t it just human nature to think of ways to make their life better? And when chronically ill people think of ideas that make life easier, don’t they naturally do them just because it is the easier thing to do? Necessity is the mother of invention. Most of us have learned that the world will not end and we will not be put in jail or cast out if we do not keep things as perfect as we did when we were healthy. We have chosen the past of least resistence, out of necessity. So isn’t telling someone to think of an idea to make their life easier kind of like telling someone to blink? Doesn’t it just happen naturally?

  2. Tom Robinson says:

    Hi Sheila,

    Thanks for your comment. I know from coaching a lot of people with chronic illnesses that many of them are trying to make their lives better. But there are also many who have given up. Have you heard or read about elephants that have been chained to a stake. After they’re chained long enough, they don’t try to walk away if they are unchained. It’s the same with a lot of people with chronic illnesses (and other difficult challenges as well). But a $1,000,000 reward is enough motivation for many of them to try things they otherwise wouldn’t think of, i.e., think outside of the box.

    Thanks again,

    Tom Robinson

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