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Fear is Stress Wrapped in Ugly


The Importance of Mentality

There are a few specific questions I get when someone seeks my opinion on health. Of these, there is one matter I hold sacred above all else. For that reason, my first blog (that I knew would be a blog,) will be about the item I believe crucial to a healthy existence.

For the better part of my life, all of it really, I have been equal parts stress, and thinking too much. If I were a cake, these would be the major ingredients (sprinkle in sexy and hilarious, and that’s me!)

The item I believe paramount to health is– Exceptional mental fortitude. I’m not a doctor and these words have not been approved by anyone. I’ve asked people who have healed how they did it and in every instance, nothing was accomplished until the mind got right. Here’s a taste of what I have gathered through experience and commonality.


Suppose you get a muscle cramp. You stretch it out, it feels better. Subconsciously, you know that the slightest tweak could bring the cramp right back. For many, they feel there’s a soundtrack chaperoning the events of their lives. Not this guy! I have a narrator, similar to the role Morgan Freeman often plays, but way more annoying.

I can take a simple thought, weaponize it, and ruin my day…

Narration is the tweak that can trigger a problem out of nothing. It’s an ever-present hum in my mind. If my brain had a shin, narration is the brother kicking my brain-shin! The battle that goes on between what has happened, and what may happen is called fear. Fear is stress wrapped in ugly.

For Example:

On occasion, I have issues with being able to expel something that may sneak down the wrong pipe. (This isn’t a new problem, trouble getting it out is.) If I suspect this event could occur soon, I have the power to incite a mental riot until it’s necessary to take equally deft measures to calm myself down.

I can take a simple thought, weaoponize it, and ruin my day, if not the days of all around me.   This is my definition of silly and deprivation of others happiness is my biggest pet peeve.

What is your point Sean?

Now, let me arrive at my point. I have discovered that what is bad for you is bad for me, but multiplied by the speed of light it seems. (You do not want to get me started on antibiotics!)

I discovered how powerful stress can be (its the second largest factor that drives my disease, and many others!) So, I devined how to be less stressed, and since then have been able to drastically slow down the rate at which ALS controls my body.

That is energy theft!…

Ponder for yourself how much energy it takes to be stressed, mad, and afraid. This is energy theft! And the culprit stares at you in the mirror. This energy is better utilized being loving, happy, and let’s face it, not stressed.

Still Waiting on the Point…

This is the thesis– Mental health is as, or more important (if you ask me,)  as physical health. I will say this about my level of certainty regarding this: I am not unsure… (kudos if you understand this reference.)  It may sound obvious, but do you ever truly think in these terms?

As with anything vital, it’s not easy. It took me three years to even begin to understand this. Frequently, I lose grasp of this concept. However, mentally I am a ray of sunshine compared to two years ago, and I would like all of you to be as happy with everyday as I have learned to be!

Please, when you feel stressed out, angry, mad, spiteful, hungry, stressed out, and most importantly, stressed out– remember the stranger with ALS in the weird blog. Remember that it’s a choice to be fearful, to hate something, to worry about the future.

You have the power to change your mentality. DO NOT wait until your body is taking your life hostage! I did just that because I’m stubborn, and a little lazy if I’m honest.

Thank You Dawgs!

Since I didn’t get to it in my inaugural blog, I want to take time to thank everyone at Dawg Nation for affording me a corner of their website to vocalize my point of view. There are not many in my position that are handed this forum. I will do my best to utilize it wisely! A very special thanks to Martin Richardson for really making this happen!

Please understand the project we’re trying to accomplish. The Dawgs need your help to make the inclusive rink the new standard for those less able to take advantage of normal rinks, but who have just as much passion and ability doing what we all love: playing hockey! Please view the website, and try to embrace the necessity of this rink and the numerous lives it will touch. It’s already had an incredible impact on my own life!


Please don’t hesitate to leave comments on whatever topic! Ask questions, let me know what you like/dislike, however the mood strikes you! I’m slowly getting the hang of this blogging thing and I believe I have all the access I need to get back to all comments!

24 thoughts on “Fear is Stress Wrapped in Ugly”

  1. Lifes challenges overwhelm many. When you break it all down. This moment of time is all that truly matters. Great writing

    • So true. Fear stems from our projection of the future. If that projection is negative, fear will take over. Thanks for posting!

  2. You may never know just how much you have inspired me Sean over the years. You have shown me to never give up, to believe in good and always keep going. I love you kiddo and I am always here for you. Now you are showing just what an awesome person you are by sharing your story to inspire others to do good!!

  3. Sean this is a perspective that I believe in strongly. Although it can be tough to practice at times. Keeping a positive attitude can change a persons life. I am so proud of your efforts to provide this blog and your perspective on things. I know I say this often but you are an inspiration. Much love!

    • You are so right Dan! It takes serious dedication to change the way you’ve been for most of your life. But for anyone trying, acknowledgement that change needs to occur is a huge step! Thanks for the message!

  4. Thank you for that insight Sean. The power of the mind and the effects of positive thinking are positive in both the near term and most importantly the long term. Have you ever read the book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor? He postulates that happiness comes before success, not as a byproduct of success. It’s up to us to determine what happiness is. I am happy to have read this. I am happy to have the benefit of your perspective and most importantly I am far less stressed than before. As we always said in hockey, keep your head up. Life is always looking to blind side us so stay strong and win the small battles brother.

    • Thanks TJ! I have not read the book but probably have read similar. You said it right, being positive is necessary, especially later in life. Glad you’re less stressed and doing well buddy.!

  5. I’m Dan Piggot’s brother. Our Dad had a saying he drilled into us. “Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve.” Your words Sean, have provided the solid canyon walls for the echos of Dad recommending one of many books – Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Thanks for adeptly and interestingly sharing this critically important human concept.

    • Thanks for that insightful commentary Scott! You sure Dan is a blood relative??? I’m kidding of course. But you said it as well as I did, and thanks for reading!

  6. Sean you are truly an inspiration. I’ve been so blessed to have you in my life growing up. We have the best stories to share but I’ll keep it at that. I love you and so proud! Keep up this amazing opportunity! And there is a reason you were given this chance to keep sharing your powerful mind to the world. You go Seanie xo

    • Much appreciated Samantha! You can change so much if you are truly committed to it! Thanks for the comment!

  7. Sean, Unfortunately God has given us all challenges in our lives. He gave you the biggest cross to bear that exists in the world today (ALS). You have handled it with such GRACE. I too thank Dawg Nation for giving you a voice. You continue to touch many hearts, including mine. Your words are so inspiring. Papa and Nana would be so proud of you. I LOVE YOU, SEAN!

    • Thank you aunt B! It means so much for you to say that. Happy that the message is really resonating with people!

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