Monday, January 16, 2017

Blessed Good Days and Bad

“I’ve seen better days but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want but I do have all that I need. I wake up with some aches and pains but I wake up. My life may not be perfect but I am blessed.” -Unknown

As the year gets into its swing of things life returns to the normality of what is our daily routines. The truth is that we will all have days where we are very much in the routine of “another day”. This quote helps to remind us that we need to rejoice in the fact that we wake up every day. No matter what pains you may have it is always important to remember that there is always somebody who has it worse. No matter what your affliction there is absolutely always someone who is worse off. That being said there is always somebody who is better off as well. Happiness in life is not about competing. Ideally we would all be able to peacefully coexist with one another. For me, I only have grown able to peacefully exist by realizing that indeed there will always be people who are both better off than I and similarly there are those who worse off. I have realized that indeed life is a give and take. Following my brain injury there are some things that will forever be different. My right arm will forever be different than my left. My dystonia in my right arm is here to stay but thankfully I have figured out ways to coexist with it. I have come to except it in large part because it is part of who I am. I will forever have a few challenges, but in reality I am not alone in that at all. I just have to remember how fortunate I am that I have realized how to handle the vast majority of the pains that I feel. Any pains that I do get are thankfully not permanent as this quote reiterates I am indeed blessed and thankful for this life that I lead. Life can get very rudimentary but individuals have to stay in contact with their inspirational factors so that they are forever encouraged to continue along their journey. We live life daily forever looking for purpose and meaning as we each go through our daily tasks. Every person has his/her own path but we are all seeking the same thing at the end of the day. I greatly benefit from being around inspired and inspirational individuals. Every day is different and we should all live to find purpose in every day.  Seeking to surround ourselves with those who believe in the same way that we do should be paramount as we are deciphering who to spend time with. Every day we should each try and remember that every person is fighting his own battles and we are all seeking the same inspiration so as to proactively and enthusiastically continue on this path that we call life. I would love to hear how you have found inspiration along your journey. I thank you for reading.

~Noelle

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Living is All About Choices, Chances and Mistakes

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has an excellent outlook for the New Year. He encourages individuals to forever be trying new things and working to improve themselves. A person can never allow themselves to become lax in their motivation to forever find a better method/way to live their life. Life is forever about decisions and making choices. All too often people get too wrapped up in making an incorrect decision. The focus should be on to make a particular decision. Life is about the decisions that we make and the struggles and triumphs that we experience along the way. Far too many people life their lives afraid to make a mistake. I in fact have found myself too wrapped up in “never wanting to be wrong”. I think that sometimes I forget that everyone is going to be wrong at times and that is okay. I think that the lesson in life is learning to be graciously incorrect and humble in your mistakes. I think that this lesson is learned over time and is perfected in the years that we live. Maturity plays a large part in knowing yourself and knowing how to humbly learn from your missteps and mistakes. The path of life would be rather uneventful if nobody made any missteps or mistakes. Obviously nobody hopes for mistakes but they are inevitable. Life is not perfectly laid out and people have to always be prepared for how they will handle when things go wrong. A person has to prepare for how they will proceed forward when there are hiccups or things happen that aren’t expected. I don’t entirely second the sentiment of Neil Gaiman because obviously I wish that people never had to go through the discomfort of mistakes; yet I realize that they are necessary and the secret lies in how a person thinks about them. Graciously being able to accept your mistakes and move forward is the true secret to life from what I have read. I love to read and study great thinkers and learn how they have best come to handle uncertainties and mistakes in life. I think that much can be learned from elders and those who are willing to share their experiences throughout life. I would love to hear who else shares my affinity for great thinkers. I thank you for reading and I feel that much can be gained from studying from elders who have already passed through the portion of life that we are at. It is my hope for all of you that you will be prepared and better able to tackle and accept any mistakes or missteps that you will come across in life.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Year's End

“No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you'll find the positive side of things.” Demi Lovato

Another year is coming to an end and it is important to try and keep prospective on how you want to live your life. All survivors should try and maintain a positive outlook on things. Life is about living joyfully in congruence with others. As we reflect on our year that has passed it is important to always remember the friends and the family that have stuck by us. After an injury social interactions are quite different than they were prior. As New Years is upon us many people are discussing where they are bringing in the New Year. Many people go to bars and rowdy parties. As I have gotten older I am happy to say that now I am the norm of many people my age and older who do not “party” to bring in the New Year. The New Year will be a gathering of family and a few friends that get together to bring in the New Year. I will try and reflect upon the things that have gone well in my life in the past year. My migraines have vastly been under control and I am confident that my current regimen will keep working. I am not a big resolution girl. I try to live my life in moderation all year so that I am not left feeling as though desperate changes need to be vowed in the New Year. I am happy to say that I have spent a great deal of quality time with my family this year and I feel as though I will continue in the future. I plan to continue my fitness regimen and stay on track with my daily nutrition. I am going to continue attempting to be more independent and continue to try and live an independent life without being entirely dependent upon my parents for too many things. For those earlier in their recovery I would encourage you to get in touch with support groups and to continue setting goals for yourself. There is no limit to the loft of the goals that an individual should set for his/her self. I always like to have a vast goal that I am always shooting for. I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I am trying to live a more peaceful and less dramatic 2017. I will continue on my personal habits as I always have in 2017. Towards the end of this year and certainly in the following year I am going to try and increase my calorie intake to make sure that I am getting proper nutrients for my mentality. I have realized that there are things that are more important than just looking good. I would encourage all to put more dedication towards their health and well being with the coming of the New Year. I vow to put more importance on my state of mind in the coming of the New Year. I guess I do have a resolution for 2017. This will be the first year that I can remember where I have chosen a resolution for myself.  I thank you very much for reading and am interested in hearing any resolutions that you may have made for yourself with New Years coming this weekend! I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

~Noelle

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Inspiration

"Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there's something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can't help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It's an inspiring time of the year." Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas helps to remind us that the spirit of the winter holidays should always be with us. Each one of us has the ability to carry the holiday spirit with us. Cultures of humanity are rich in traditions. Regardless of how distant your injury gets from the present day, a person who has endured an injury is forever a survivor. Daily we should be seeking inspiration from those who are similar to us. Regardless of any religion that you practice; we all practice and seek a fulfilling life. The community and comradery of the holidays are what the holidays represent. It is my hope that none of us ever lose sight of the warmth and love of family. Each one of us is incredibly blessed in that we have survived and are able to live our lives striving to enjoy and create meaning. Christmas is this weekend and as my family was cleaning up the house to prepare for guests. Undoubtedly there will be many children and much food prepared. My town has a tradition of Santa coming on the fire engine for the kids. What is interesting is that every house on the street will each have their own tradition and celebration for the holiday. The uniqueness of the holiday celebrations should all be celebrated. Each one of us is different and has our own way of celebrating the cheer that is this time of year. Marlo Thomas’ quote is very applicable because it is representative of the individuality that is unique to each one of us. The holidays are not about a specific religion or specific tradition; they are about celebrating one and all for everything that each one of us will celebrate. Joy is the overwhelming emotion that will unify all of us in our desire to celebrate this season. The children and the parents will all gather at a relative’s house in my family and it is my hope for each one of you to never be alone at this time of year. I know that there are various support groups that open their doors to the public if you do not have somewhere to spend the holiday. Open yourself to the various possibilities and allow yourself to venture out of your comfort zone this holiday season. Try and keep track of your mood and desperately try to never lose sight of the joy that is the holiday season. I am going to try and book myself a massage following the new year to begin my year on a relaxing note. Every year I try and remind myself of how fortunate I am to have my family right in the vicinity especially at the holidays. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and I extend warm wishes to you and your families.

~Noelle

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We Keep Moving Forward Out of Curiosity

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney

At this holiday time of year the organization that I am fortunate enough to work for has announced a further expansion. I am a huge fan of the organization and I am excited for what they hope to accomplish. I realize that health care is a huge industry that will always be expanding as long as people and the population are expanding. As the New Year is quickly coming upon us the sentiment of expansion and new beginnings is here as well. The weather is certainly getting frigid which follows suit with the Christmas Season. Despite the frigid weather there is a sentiment of warmth in realization to where I work and the togetherness that is felt amongst the team members. We are all working together to improve the healthcare environment. The feeling of comradery is incredible during this time of year especially. Everyone is working for the betterment of the common good. We as people are all very similar. We are all plagued by the same vices that provide us hardships in life. We can all always help to offer encouragement to others. During these holidays I am going to try to encourage as many children and senior citizens (all people but seemingly these are of particular need) as I can. The new ventures that my organization has assumed are still in its infancy and it will take time for all of these new acquisitions to feel as though they are truly part of the entirety of the organization. All of the team members have always worked together for the betterment of team and the community. It is great to feel as part of an expanding entity as the growth and expansion continues. Hopefully with these new expansions there will be more opportunities for each team member to expand their horizons. This time of growth should be seen as a time of increasing responsibility for all of the employees. The expansions mean that there is a vaster coverage area and thus I will have to get myself more comfortable with driving out of my typical vicinity. I will make sure to take precautions so that I will not drive at very high traffic portions of the day. These new expansions will indeed provide me with additional coverage area that I will have to familiarize myself with. I thank you so much for reading as always and I hope that your holiday season continues to bring each and every one of you joy and happiness.

~Noelle

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holidays Reflect on Blessings

“The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect upon our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” Terri Marshall

Another holiday season is upon us and it is important to always try and remember that this time of year we should always be focused on others. As I am getting older, primarily it is evident that the gift giving and the surprises are about the children. Family is about love and as people we should all strive to show others that we indeed do love them at this time of year. There are always a great many charitable functions that take place at this time of year. There are numerous fundraisers that take place for various causes. We should all strive to give thanks for all that we have while aiding in the cause to help others. There are numerous parties where people get dressed up and eat/drink glorious treats. We all have to try and remember what the real meaning of these holidays is. The holidays are about opening your heart up to aid others. Commercialism has made the focus all about the presents. As we mature we come to understand that there is far more to the season than the presents and the food that is served. Every year I remind myself of how fortunate I am to have recovered to this point. Certainly I often have my moments where I wish that things were easier again but then I wouldn’t be able to spread hope to others. I realize how fortunate I am in that I get to make a difference in the lives of people who are familiar with what it is to have a devastating injury. I would encourage all to always seek out others who you can aid and help and I guarantee that your holidays will be much more meaningful. I always try to keep my eyes and ears open for chances to further my holiday cheer by helping others who may be less fortunate than I. There is always an opportunity to share with people who would be receptive and grateful for it. Open your hearts this holiday season and try to spread the loving joy to as many people as you can. It doesn’t cost anything, but a little bit of time and a little bit of love. The gift of emotional support and graciousness is worth far more than any tangible gift could be. Hold on tight to your family this holiday season and try and remember all of the gifts that each one of us has. Try and not lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season and try and spread joy and love to as many people as you come into contact with. There is no limit to the amount of lives that each one of us can try and improve. Remember that we were all put on this earth to help one another. I thank you all for reading and would encourage any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Performance, Perseverance and Persistence

"Performance, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and possibilities: it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." Thomas Carlyle

An individual who has survived any sort of a hardship or vice has to always remember that life is not easy and often people are faced with hardships which allow them to differentiate themselves from the mass population. An injury is a prime example where there are a vast number of possible outcomes. An individual has to not allow his/her morals to get lazy or their desire to get lax. An individual must always search for their place in life. I hesitate at saying this because their place is always changing and evolving as the world is not steady. The world is a forever changing place. A person should never allow his/her self to not feel challenged by the opportunity at hand. There is forever room for improvement. Everyone will experience hardships and disappointments along their path of life. These difficulties and hardships are not destinations or final in nature the key is to never stop searching for a place of comfort and desire. There is always a chance for a person to achieve more. Opportunities exist for those who are willing to put forth an effort to find them. An individual who has endured a brain injury will have many opportunities to exhibit strength. In my opinion all who have endured a brain injury have had many an opportunity to exhibit strength. Depending on the person there are bountiful opportunities to always put your best foot forward and to try harder. A drastic injury such as a brain injury will always present numerous opportunities to always put forth a bit more effort. Perhaps the opportunities for betterment will be a bit different than was originally anticipated; but they are plentiful opportunities none the less. I have found that there is much more meaning in the work that I do now following my injury. I am able to give insight to new survivors and their families. You always have to try and aid the next person to follow in your footsteps. The holidays are upon us and the work that I do deeply represents the importance of the holidays. People are put on this earth to care for one another and to help each other proceed through life. This time of love and family exudes onto my other family that I work to help and make their path easier as they proceed forward on their recovery process. I consider all others who have endured a brain injury or a life altering injury as my extended family. We were all put on this earth to help one another. I thank you very much for reading and as always I encourage any responses or comments that you may have.

~Noelle