Making Choices

Some bridges are best left alone.

Some bridges are best left alone.

Maybe just maybe it’s time to turn off the news, or at least mute it. Let’s stop worrying about the parts of our lives that we can’t possibly change. There is that rare morsel of inspiration, a nugget of knowledge or a touching personal story that we connect with, but those moments are getting fewer and fewer. Not to sound cranky but I’ve had it with the news-time barrage of drug commercials and the fascinating narrative of side effects to watch for.

Add on the tragedies, issues, crimes, and injustices around the globe that may or may not have direct impact on us personally. The inundation of messages can become overwhelming. Should I really care that a coffee chain is using a blank red cup without a holiday message? We create controversy where there is none and where it isn’t needed. Let’s keep our eyes on the magicians and not the dazzle of the people who misdirect us elsewhere.

The carnival barker with the loudest voice and the most shocking tidbits to say aren’t always the brightest, kindest most meaningful, or pertinent. Speaking to hear your own voice, unless you are doing speech therapy, is strictly noise.

If you are dealing with Parkinson’s disease or any illness, you know as I do that our personal energy is precious, unpredictable, and can come and go without notice. I’m of the belief that it is crucial to weed out unnecessary distractions that drain us, derail us, or add to our worry. Next time you hear a controversy, ask yourself is this really another concern to add to the pile, or one that I can ignore?

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 November 13, 2015, in Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Concur. Every. Single. Sentence. Well said, again. From: A Soft Voice In A Noisy World To: gmogan@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 4:50 PM Subject: [New post] Making Choices #yiv4196698162 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4196698162 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4196698162 WordPress.com | Karl Robb posted: “Maybe just maybe it’s time to turn off the news, or at least mute it. Let’s stop worrying about the parts of our lives that we can’t possibly change. There is that rare morsel of inspiration, a nugget of knowledge or a touching personal story that we co” | |

  2. “Speaking to hear your own voice is strictly noise” I love this line! Thank you Karl!

  3. Great blog Karl as always. I agree completely and is synonymous with your book title, “a soft voice in a noisy world.” Sometimes the world gets too noisy and drowns out everything you are trying to say. Even professionals can’t always hear but then hearing isn’t the problem is it? It is truly listening for that small still voice among the clatter. You are one of those rare soft voices that is full of wisdom and common sense and you have my full attention.

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