What gets you out of bed every day?
What makes you happy?
What inspires you?
Every day may be about small victories.
Be proud of your achievements.
Don’t discount yourself or what you accomplish.
As a child, I used to love winter. I would sled and ski and didn’t give the bitter cold a second thought. Now, I am less oblivious and less tolerant of the cold. My body functions and just moves more freely in warmer climates. Cold seems to cause greater constriction of the joints and even the muscles.
Winter doesn’t just bring on change of the physical body but with light changes and shorter days, the changes may impact your mood. Keep a close eye on your daily attitude and if you experience thoughts or feelings that you need to express (sadness, possible depression, or anger) consider getting help and stay on top of it, before it manifests into something you can’t control.
Welcome to my wishlist of what could be, in a future world. Come dream with me:
11. I wish doctors had the same epiphany as Jerry Maguire: Fewer clients/patients and more personalized care.
10. I wish that every doctor in the practice sat in the lobby for a minimum of 2 hours to experience the uncomfortable furniture, the noise of the waiting room, and the need for a more soothing environment.
9. I wish that doctors would call their own switchboards to hear how difficult it is to try and navigate the bevy of options to choose from, wait in the cue for 25 minutes, and then get dropped, forcing you to either give up or start all over again.
8. I wish doctors evaluated the whole experience from phone call to waiting room to appointment from the patients’ viewpoint and took that into consideration.
7. I wish it weren’t so impossible to reach a doctor, when needed.
6. I wish doctors and staff listened better than they do.
5. I wish doctors’’ offices were more warm, inviting, bright, and welcoming.
4. I wish there were a separate waiting room for anyone with a contagion.
3. I wish doctors at least provided coffee or water to patients.
2. I wish doctors actually called their patients to check on them.
1. I wish telemedicine becomes an option for everyone, so that we can save time, money, stress, gas, gridlock, and frustration!
I believe that our history is but a stepping stone. It is what we do with it that propels us forward.
There are stories with morals and themes of those searching the world for vast fortunes of gold, diamonds, and silver. Explorers canvas the world for glory, fame, and fortune. There are those of us who seek more in our daily life who just want to be productive, healthy, and functional. True discovery is that we have the capability to achieve, attain, and succeed with what we have without searching all over the world for knowledge that is in our own backyard. We have the tools to draw from in our kit if we take the time realize that the tool is there.
Dorothy had the power all of the time but didn’t knowingly realize it until she was leaving Oz. Realizing that you are more capable and able takes some reminding.
I have a good idea of what I am supposed to do and be able to do. When I deviate from the direction that I know that I need to go, I can falter. It took the assistance of a simple App on my iPhone called, Headspace: Meditation techniques for mindfulness, stress relief & peace of mind, to bring me back to balance, focus, and my path. For someone who preached the benefits of meditation, I had taken the tool out of the kit, only to leave a huge void in taking care of myself. Thanks to the App, I have regained focus and have re-constructed my daily practice.
Who would have that thought a piece of technology, like Headspace, could be so instrumental in reviving my peace and calm. I didn’t see it coming, but the App reminded me that I had the power all along and that I needed a nudge to return to my path. If you are interested in exploring Headspace, click on the link or look in your App store for more information.
You can try it for 10 10-minute sessions, before you decide if you want to pay the monthly fee. I plan to stay with the product and see the benefits that it offers. This is a daily practice that I think that I can follow. You might look into it.
I recently attended a funeral of a dear friend’s father’s memorial service. The service triggered thoughts of the mark we leave on this Planet and making the best use of our time.
Today, of all days, I am ever so grateful for 19 years of marriage to my best friend and wife, Angela!
As the new year quickly approaches, I promise to myself to grow and expand. I am pleased to report that there is no shortage of writings to publish and photos to produce for upcoming projects.
In the near future, I hope to reveal my 2 weeks of betterment as I list and report a series of talents that I will video and explain the reason for my attempts. If there is a trip, object, or some strong desire for something in your life that you are looking to attain, devise a strategy to achieve it and don’t just let it go.
I was going through my files of paperwork and came across years of documents that I considered to be motivational, inspirational, and truly worth being read and reread. You might even remember it.
Although this following post is not specifically Parkinson’s disease related, I find it to be sound and practical advice for everyone. I hope that you enjoy it, find at least 1 of the 10 pieces of advice to be a morsel to take away, and may even share once again with others:
Palo Alto High School Speech by Guy Kawasaki 6/11/95
10. Live off of your parents as long as possible.
9. Pursue joy—not happiness.
8. Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.
7. Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play no contact sports.
6. Continue to learn.
5. Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself.
4. Don’t get married too young.
3. Play to win and win to play.
2. Obey the absolutes.
1. Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone.
If I were to add to this thoughtful list, I might add – Tell the people in your life and those you care about, just how much they mean to you, while you still can!
Parkinson’s never asked me if it come and play,
It’s the kind of houseguest you wish would go away.
This disease is a strange one for no two are alike,
It can steal your balance, your speech, or ability to bike.
Parkinson’s has a wider impact farther than we know,
Without a better understanding, it is sure to grow.
Read and learn and find everything you can,
Join a support group and get involved with PAN.
The support group that my wife and I have run for over 10 years has come to an end. I have witnessed the fluctuations in attendance and noticed the absentees. Sure, some weren’t ready for the group, some didn’t like the format of the group, while others found the location or time to be inconvenient, transportation could have been a problem, Parkinson’s symptoms may have gotten in the way, or they weren’t wild about the group leaders. I wonder and worry about all those I meet, befriend, and then go missing. Sadly, this happens in Parkinson’s disease.
I recently found out an old friend I had met in 2004 is now bound to a wheelchair and in a nursing home. If you read my blog, I am a positive person but I see far too many friends disappearing from our community. As these voices go silent, it becomes easier for them to go missing.
There is no shame in having Parkinson’s. This illness alienates and devastates friendships and relationships, if not closely monitored and preserved. Often, depression and/or apathy play a part. Whatever the case may be, Parkinson’s patients tend to slowly fade from the crowd and it just shouldn’t be that way.