Friday, May 26, 2017

Stay the course and climb for the heights

“It is not the mountain that we conquer but rather ourselves.” Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary was born to two parents in New Zealand. As a boy he was hardly the type that one would anticipate to climb and conquer the earth’s highest mountain. He was smaller than most other children and this was why he never pursued sports. As Hilary got older, he decided that he wanted to serve his country. Hilary served in World War two. It was after his service that he decided to pursue his passion of mountain climbing. Edmund Hillary faced many battles that easily could have derailed him from his goal. Hillary did not allow himself to be sidetracked. Having been in the World War Two, I am positive that Edmund Hillary witnessed must difficulty and tragedy. It seemed as though Hillary was truly motivated to pursue his passion by what he witnessed in war.

Edmund Hillary decided to attempt Mt. Everest alongside Tanzing Norgay. The two men made a pact to not reveal who reached the top of the mountain first because they both realized that it was not important. On May 29, 1953 Edmund Hillary along with his climbing partner were able to reach the top of Mt. Everest. After seven weeks of climbing, it was inconsequential who stepped to the very highest peak first to the men. Once the men accomplished their goal they both attained celebrity. Life was not all sunshine and roses for the men following their accomplishment. Edmund Hillary in 1975 underwent a great loss, his wife Louise and their 16 year old daughter Belinda were both killed in a tragic airplane crash. Hillary was a man who had conquered the highest mountain in the world, but he was not invincible to one of life’s greatest tragedies. I think it is important that we all remember that we are capable of great things but life is full of curveballs and we always have to be prepared. Edmund Hilary had an affinity for heights and climbing since he was a young boy. He first realized his draw towards climbing on a school trip.  It is important for us to remember to not allow life altering accident to cause us to lose track of our dreams. I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have and I thank you for reading.
~Noelle

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chrisis JFK

“When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters; one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy

This quote is one that is important to be remembered for all people but certainly someone who is undergoing rehabilitation from an injury. Every time a person tries something out of his/her comfort zone they are always at risk of failing. The flip side of failing is to achieve great things. If you focus upon the literal Chinese meaning of the characters there are equal parts of danger and opportunity in any crisis. Every person has to be groomed to seek out the opportunity in any crisis. Certainly this is easier said than done, but with proper supports in place we all need to remember that yes there will certainly be times of disappointment but a person needs to remember that along with the danger of failing there is an equal portion of an opportunity that is available. The opportunity is not always as easy to be seen as the danger; with proper coaching an individual can be groomed to look for the opportunity. Any person going through rehabilitation can benefit from having a supportive network of individuals who they can meet with throughout his/her journey.

Hospitals have a treatment team who evaluate and meet to discuss an individual at hand. There is a team that is dedicated to helping the patient seek out the opportunity at hand. A recovery in itself can always be an opportunity. A person is free and able to push themselves as hard as possible to achieve as much as he/she desires. Enthusiasm is always needed and encouragement should always be abundant by those who are supporting an individual who is venturing through on his/her own rehabilitation process. Families are always in a situation to make an effort to encourage a member and they were incredibly motivational for me. I have witnessed many people who have benefitted hugely from family encouragement. Rehabilitation is not strictly about the sessions. There are many hours in a day aside from those when a person is in session. Often patients can encourage others during meal times and during down times between therapies. An individual shouldn’t feel as though periods between therapies are anything other than an opportunity to gain encouragement from others and also to share encouragement to others. Often individuals share that they have sensed a positive culture from certain rehabilitation centers. Rehabilitation experiences can often vary widely based on the culture and the population. Rehabilitation experiences can be made or broken based on population experiences. I would love to hear about any experiences that you may have witnessed during rehabilitation. I thank you very much for reading,

~Noelle

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Ultimate Measure Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Different aspects of life cause people to react differently. Martin Luther King Jr. calls on people to evaluate others when they are under times of distress. A person’s true being comes forth not when they are undergoing moments of sunshine and rainbows but rather when they are experiencing some difficulty and hardship. People that are experiencing rehabilitation from any sort of a hardship will have his/her true being be evident. The rehabilitation from a brain injury was long and arduous. I felt challenged by my the therapists that I worked with as well as by my internal drive which constantly pushed me to seek to achieve more. My true being was certainly challenged and I am sure that my true being was able to be seen by everyone who interacted with me. I work hard to recall and remember the hardships that I went through to ensure that I remain motivated in my daily life. I experience different times of challenge and controversy now than I had in the hospital. I try and recall the difficulties that I went through and compare them to the things that I have difficulties with now. Life is a marathon not a sprint and there will be various times of different difficulties and hardships that a person may not have bargained on in life and we all have to be prepared to navigate around the obstacles that appear to be in our way along our course.

People must be willing to accept changes along the way as they go through. Things come up that are not always bargained on. Never shy from moments of challenge and controversy because it is in these times that the true measure of a man will be seen. People can never be completely sure as to how strong they can be in the face of difficulty until they have no choice but to be strong. It is my hope that no accidents happen and hat nobody will have to go through rehabilitation, but unforeseen circumstances arise and accidents will happen. It is my hope that everyone will realize the strength and the ability that they have and tap into their strength if they need to. Dire situations call upon dire measures. Rehabilitation is an incredible opportunity for a person to showcase the strength and desire that he/she possesses. Individuals need not shy away from difficult situations. When a person takes a difficult situation in stride it is admirable and one never knows the impact that his/her rehabilitation impact can have on others. I try and express to every person that I touch base with that he/she can be an inspiration to others. I thank you very much for reading and as always I welcome any thoughts or reflections that you may have.

~Noelle

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Paul Bryant

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride- never quit. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” Paul Bryant

Paul Bryant helps to try and put forth a sense of validity towards those who are putting forth the utmost of effort. The price of succeeding is indeed high but in the realm of an injury there should never be a limit on the amount of effort that you are willing to put forward to get your life back. There should never be a sense of quitting or giving up on you. There will be many trying times where you may be tempted to take the easy way out or to give up, Paul Bryant’s quote reminds us to keep pushing forward towards our goals. One needs to always call upon his/her internal drive to continue pushing forward towards your goal.

I always enjoy surrounding myself with others who inspire you to continue moving forward and can be the impetus for you to want more. Desire and dedication are two of the main components to live and to achieving what you desire. People should realize that within reason any price that you pay in moving towards your goal should be worth it. Personal goals are incredible because they are about you and the effort that you put forth. People can learn much about themselves by the way in which they proceed towards attaining goals. I enjoy talking to patients about how their goals are progressing. Every day is a new slate and should be treated as a new opportunity to progress. I try and inspire every individual who I interact with to believe in them self. Believe in yourself, have pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. By reflecting upon how far an individual has come it is my hope that he/she will gain a sense of refreshment and renewal. Pride I feel is an ingrained attribute that people either have or are lacking. Like everything else, it must be worked on. Ideally every person should be attempting to gain confidence as he/she proceeds forward. The rewards of victory must always be remembered. An individual should always reflect upon them when he/she is attempting to gather further enthusiasm to proceed forward. The journey of life is all about being inspired to want more for. I feel that as long as you are moving in the correct direction, a person should always want more. To have a healthy desire can be an incredibly motivating factor. I would love to hear about your desires and what you have found to encourage you along the way. I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Friday, April 28, 2017

He Who Moves a Mountain Begins by First Moving Small Stones

“The man who moves a mountain begins by first moving small stones.” Confusious

Everyone needs to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and that even a monumental task such as moving a mountain begins in the same simple way of first moving a few stones even pebbles. At the end of the day no task in moving towards a goal is too minute or insignificant. A person has to be committed towards his/her goal. Once one has decided that they are all in on a task to reach a goal he/she needs to realize that no aspect is beneath them. Even huge goals begin by first accomplishing a few small tasks. It is easy to desire lofty goals, but maybe not always evident in the ways that an individual goes about beginning to go about moving towards the goal. A person who wants to try and get back to walking, needs to keep the prospective that it will take time to accomplish. A dedicated team of therapists and doctors work together to attempt to motivate people as they work towards their goal. It does not all happen at once and it may take many months or even perhaps years for a person to accomplish the goal at hand. All movement towards a goal is progress. Goal accomplishment always begins by getting the correct state of mind. A healthy state of mind is one where a person will not be disheartened by slow progress in the beginning. Any great accomplishment began first with a glimmer of an idea and the commitment of a person towards it. Distractions and things that may take your focus away from your goal will always come. A person has to be completely committed to their ambition and not allow things to draw their focus away. This is certainly easier said than done and there will always be many things that may distract you and take your focus away from your goal. I think that a person must always try and remember what they are capable of. Self-reflection and meditation is a fantastic way for a person to remain focused on the task at hand. A person has to first make the decision to try something. The most difficult decision is the decision to try. Once the decision to try has been made one has to continue to persevere and truly live his/her commitment to accomplishing that goal. People are always more pleasant to be around when they themselves are self-motivated towards an objective. I think that people need to remember this as they are proceeding forward. There is always another objective to move towards and people need to focus on setting their sights on a singular one at a time. It is always easier to first begin moving towards a goal by starting small. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Serenity Prayer Living the Word After a Disability

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change; the courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

The serenity prayer rings true in so many aspects of life. This prayer to me is incredible because it speaks directly to me in regards to the many frustrations that I have in regards to this brain injury. I know that I am not alone. I am in contact with many survivors who also struggle with the frustrations that often come from a brain injury. My life is entirely different than it was prior and it is very different than I would have planned it to be. My life is not seamless and it is not easy, but I am living it. I as well as survivors in general have to embrace the new normal. It is certainly not easy but we have to reflect upon the serenity prayer daily to ensure that we never lose the ambition to continue pursuing what each one of us was put on this earth to do. The serenity prayer I feel should be recited daily by each one of us. There will always be things that are out of our control, as there will always be choices that can be made. We have to make choices and decisions that are beneficial for us. I occasionally attend brain injury support groups where other survivors share about their lives and what has proven to be successful or detrimental. We cannot allow ourselves to fall to the temptation of making decisions that are detrimental to our well being. The serenity prayer can help us survivors to refocus our ambitions. Circumstances and situations are always going to come about that we didn’t plan on. I am learning that such is life. There are many lecturers that speak in regards to this aspect of life. We as a people need to understand that there will always be unplanned events that occur. I love the serenity prayer and I reflect upon it constantly. I even enjoy occasionally attending open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is something beneficial about being in a room full of like minded people that are seeking the serenity prayer. I feel that we are all seeking that prayer in our own way. In a room at alcoholics anonymous I reflect upon my injury and how I daily seek strength to live successfully even though there are many things that are out of my control. People who come together seeking inspiration are typically willing to assist others in their quest. I would encourage everyone that I come into contact with to get involved in organizations where there are like minded people who are seeking similar things out of life. Every person is remarkably similar in many ways. We all go through trials and tribulations and we will all experience a level of frustration at one point or another. People always find support in numbers and I have found a great deal of comfort from gravitating towards support groups where there is an overwhelming sentiment of unification and togetherness. I thank you very much for reading and I would love to read any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Leading With Encouragement

“If you are a leader you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. Everyone who receives it young or old is changed by it," John C. Maxwell


I try and live my life with the encouraging words of John C. Maxwell. John C. Maxwell truly believes that everyone can benefit from encouragement. No matter what place you are at in life, no matter what you are going through you can always benefit from encouraging words and actions. The head of my department at work I feel lives this quote. She truly understands the value of encouraging words and seeks to always pass them on. Everyone should seek to be a leader to someone. Little children and the elderly both benefit greatly from encouragement. Every person should consider what words they would value before they engage in a conversation with others. John C. Maxwell is certain to mention to all leaders that they should never discount the value that their encouraging words can have on others. The power that your words can have is incredible. It should never be underestimated. Peoples’ lives can be greatly influenced either negatively or positively based on the words of others. You never can be too sure how your words are going to be received by a person so it is always best to speak to others in a way that you would want to be spoken to. Certain places of work are notoriously positive in the way that they interact with their employees. Certain religious and societal cultures also tend to lead to positive interactions amongst members. I have found it to be incredibly important to surround yourself with a culture of like-minded people. Often times you will see a similar sentiment that exudes from a family. Consider people you know; are they mostly from a family of like-minded individuals? More than likely they are. Similar cultures and ways of thinking gravitate to each other. It is no surprise that typically you will see an overwhelming similarity amongst people who work or associate alongside each other. People are social creatures. We all can learn from each other and we all absorb influences from one another. It is my hope that I can influence and encourage people in a positive manner. I do come from a positive family and they are a large part of the reason that I recovered to the point that I have. Certainly much of recovering is very difficult but it certainly helps if you are supported by positive people around you. Whenever I am around my brother’s children I always pay special attention to exude positivity and I hope that they can absorb some of the influence. I greatly enjoy being around children who I can influence positively as well as older adults who tell stories of their grandchildren. People gravitate towards positive individuals and hopefully I can serve as a positive ray of light. I thank you very much for reading and I would love to read any thoughts that you may have.