It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Whether you see time as a naturally occurring force, a convention of man, or just the unforeseeable perpetuator of those unwanted wrinkles and age-related developments, there is no denying that time dictates our lives more than any one influence. Clocks, watches, calendars, the atomic clock, day planners, PDAs, cell and smart phones, all contribute to the confirmation of navigating the preset standard of our daily lives. Tools of organization and predictability add order and structure to a world that is far beyond predictable and is nowhere near orderly.

Time robs us. There is a perpetual cycle that takes from us but also gives back as well. Sometimes it heals us. There is no telling where it will lead us. As best as we can understand, there is a finite longevity to our lives.

There are 1440 minutes in a day. For someone with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) there is no knowing when or how long your medicines are going to work for or last. It is a disease that forces patience and relinquishing of control. Stress, lack of sleep, commotion and noise, being rushed, daily hustle and bustle, and crowds effect even the healthiest of people but someone with a neurological disorder like PD is most likely unable to function well when exposed to one or more of these stressors.

There was a time when society believed that good things came to those who wait and that patience was a virtue. Now, fast is best. Fast has become the staple of the Western diet and is quickly invading the rest of the world. Speed is king.
Maybe the journey is as important as the destination. It is so easy to miss the little lessons that are thrown our way, every day. In a world of constant flux, on-demand gratification and throw-away everything, it is only natural to wonder if the affliction of PD is the result of the demands and taxing of a weakened immune system.

The harder we push, the harder the stress and negativity that comes with our need for rapid results pushes back. Some systems may be predisposed to accommodate for the frenzied pace, but many of us are not. Are we on a collision course for neurological disaster from stress and pressure?

Picture by Karl Robb

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at, visit his blog at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on January 25, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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