As a follow-up to my last post about the wonders of living on Manitoulin and its contribution to my recovery effort, there is another reason why I love living on the island … magical moments! Like a few days ago when I picked up the crocs I had left on the deck overnight and a tree toad jumped out of them! Reebet!
Highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
– Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
I’m presently reading Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. It is an interesting read, filled with fascinating stories and lots of adjectives… many knee slapping, foot stomping, head scratching, eye popping, mind blowing, gut wrenching descriptions of Bruce’s personal and professional life. He tells it all and bares his soul… the good, the bad and the ugly… including his lifelong challenge with depression and his difficult relationship with his father [who interestingly enough, experienced parkinson’s.]
Last year while living on the lake in Keswick, I spent a lot of time bird watching. From marveling at the gulls and crows [and the occasional bald eagle] soaring high above in the wind, to the flocks of ducks, trumpeter swans and Canada geese winging in rhythm just above the surface of the lake, to the countless variety of birds darting here and there, flitting amongst the trees and singing joyfully from the upper most branches, I was fascinated and inspired.
One day, while caught up in my reverie, I imagined what it would be like to be winged and I thought, if there was one ability I could have that humans don’t possess, it would be the ability to fly! Two weeks ago my dream came true … sort of!
As a whole, I have a cheerful outlook! I hold the belief that I will recover my health and I view my current condition as temporary. I also hold the belief that what I am experiencing has a purpose. It is my guide to spiritual consciousness, self love and good health. My attitude is, to do my best to make each moment as joyful, peaceful and loving as possible because I know that the energy I create in each moment has a ripple effect!
Life is like a box of chocolates! You never know what you’re going to get! — Forrest Gump
The other night I found myself scrolling through Netflix looking for new movie to watch. I couldn’t find one, so I decided to watch Forrest Gump. I’ve seen it four or five times already, and even though it has some sad parts, I generally find it an uplifting movie.
Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical! These are the immortal words of legendary New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra! While Yogi’s math was a little off, his sentiment was right on! And the same holds true for those of us recovering from a chronic health condition. Our mental attitude is paramount! More to the point, what we believe is the key our recovery!
When people ask me what it is like living with this neurological condition [parkinson’s] I typically respond by telling them this. It is at the same time confounding, frustrating and fascinating!
Usually when I write a post it is to make a point or share information I believe will be helpful for people with health conditions. Not so today! On this occasion I simply wish to pay tribute to one of the greatest personalities of our time. Muhammad Ali!
I was walking the labyrinth this morning when my mind was drawn to the significant challenges I have been facing lately purging fear. And I asked myself, what is the greatest gift I can give myself in the midst of this crisis? The first word that popped into my head was patience. Makes sense! I could definitely use some patience because I find myself becoming increasingly frustrated dealing with the intense symptoms I’ve been experiencing.