Picture of the week – Rainbow

When the clouds part and the sun comes out, there is a rainbow.

As basic and obvious as it sounds, there is no pleasure without knowing pain and you really can’t experience joy without experiencing some suffering.

This discovery came to me on my own but philosophers and most religious scholars made this revelation a long time ago. Maybe, even though I thought I had understood the balance of life. Not until I truly experienced the ups and downs that come with chronic illness could I completely appreciate the joy that comes with each day. There is an exhilaration in just being and savoring each and every day.  The rainbow may not always be obvious but if you look hard enough, I think it shines through the clouds.

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 asoftvoice@gmail.com, visit his blog at www.asoftvoice.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on April 25, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, support groups and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. indigoskky6236

    Beautiful Karl!!!
    Yes! It is through adversity that real knowledge of joy is experienced! We should celebrate both!!
    Love, the G woman!

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