Angle, intent, and outlook all sway our perspective. Even when using the best of our senses, there are times when our emotions interfere with our rationale. Keeping a cool head and paying attention to our inner voice might be the extra sense in determining perspective.
This photo over Dallas shows a whole other side of a city that I had never seen before (I was lucky to capture it.). I discovered an amazing and fresh look at a city I thought that I knew well, but now see it clearer and with fresh eyes.
Try, just for today, looking at something that you do or look at everyday, and apply this philosophy. See if you appreciate what you look at, a little more.
You might be pleasantly surprised.
My gratitude goes out to my friends at DAPS in Dallas who came out to hear me speak! Thank you for your warm hospitality and reception. It was such an enjoyable experience to speak to your group and to have the time to meet with many of you individually. Thank you for your comments after my address. I hope our paths may cross again soon.
It’s been a long, cold winter and I’m coming out of hibernation. I promise to start posting more as the days grow warmer. I want to share with you this picture of the first tulip to arrive in my garden.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month so, I urge you to learn about Parkinson’s disease (if you don’t know about Parkinson’s), teach (educate others about Parkinson’s), or help (if you can volunteer or donate) to any of your favorite Parkinson’s charities!
Here are a few of my upcoming events happening this month:
Please join me Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 5pm EDT/2pm PDT on Sunday Connections. My wife, Angela, and I will be taking questions about living with and improving your Parkinson’s. Below is the call in (by phone) or web link:
Sunday, April 20th at 5:00pm EDT /2:00pm PDT
Guest pin code: 200414#
Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100
Secondary dial in number: (323) 476-3997
Attend by Web:
If you are unable to be live on the call, you can submit your questions ahead of time by visiting the weblink and then listen to the recording for your question.
I will be speaking and signing books at the Parkinson’s Disease Education & Support group at the PADRECC in Richmond, VA on April 24 1-3pm EDT.
Click here to see the flyer for the event.
On April 26, I will be speaking at the Spring Education Forum of the Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter in Mason, OH. I will be speaking in the morning and afternoon. I will also have books for sale and will be signing books. If you would like more information on this event and to register, visit this website to register.
On May 3rd, I will be an exhibitor and Reiki practitioner at The Victory Summit hosted by the Davis Phinney Foundation in Dallas TX. This is a free event for the Parkinson’s community. To find out more and register, visit the foundation’s website: http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/victory-summit/upcoming-victory-summits/victory-summit-dallas-tx/
Life on many levels can be difficult and challenging, whether one has Parkinson’s disease (PD) or not. The added challenge of PD only accentuates the necessity of taking better care of oneself. It is when we neglect ourselves or fail to listen to the cues presented by those around us that we miss important and even life-changing messages that need addressing.
The older I get, the more I am beginning to believe that things happen in life for a reason. My belief is that somewhere in the happening there is a nugget of wisdom to be mined. There may be an appearance of randomness to our lives but in reality there really is true order. Coincidences are often messages of unfinished business that may need to be addressed.
Several years ago, a friend put me in touch with a Speech Language Pathologist, named Samantha Elandary. Samantha founded what is now the Parkinson Voice Project, in Dallas, Texas, formerly the Texas Voice Project. When I had returned from Dallas almost 7 years ago, I found my voice had improved from just a few days of therapy. Time passed, and this year I ran into Samantha twice at 2 different Parkinson’s events. At the second event, she told me about how her voice program had evolved and she invited me to Dallas to see and experience the power of her voice program. As one who is fluently challenged, at times and speaks publicly, I accepted her offer to improve my speech, fluency, and loudness.
I have been accused of being hyperbolic with my words on several occasions but what I saw for others as well as myself is nothing short of miraculous. People with PD and soft or weak voices were regaining their lost voice. How easily we discount the importance of voice, inflection, and the self-esteem that is attached to being heard and understood. The Parkinson Voice Project is fighting to help people with PD regain and maintain their identity and their voice.
What I saw for myself was an increase in volume, improved clarity, and a fluency that I had not seen for years. I saw people in the Parkinson Voice Project center smile with pride as their voice came back and tears of joy from their care-partner because now their spouse could be heard. The old saying that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone is true, especially in this case and for many of us if we don’t pay close attention we won’t realize that something needs fixing. For me, I am so grateful to hear such a dramatic change in my speech. I can also speak for my wife that she is so happy not to ask me to repeat myself.