Monday, March 6, 2017

It's Not About the Hand You're Dealt

“It’s not about the cards you are dealt, rather how you play the hand.” Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch’s quote fits in perfectly with anyone who has had a brain injury or any sort of an unfortunate life event. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and the only option is how you manage and deal with the factors (cards that you are dealt). We as individuals do not have control over how situations occur. We can only try to be as well rounded and as understanding with ourselves as possible. The truth is that nobody should judge one another until you have walked in those shoes. Even then I try not to judge others because one never knows how the situation would be different if the shoe were on the other foot. Life has shown itself to be funny like that. We don’t have control over what happens to us; only how we interpret and move forward with the situation at hand. We all have to make every day a challenge. We should forever try and make ourselves better as we go through each day. Every day is another chance for us to wake enthusiastically to make ourselves better than we were before. When we think of things in this way we find ourselves waking with more of a purpose and drive. We all need to have something to work towards. A sound mind and happiness should be the goals of most people. I believe that we can all take steps every day to work towards this. I find that working towards something bigger than oneself allows the focus from getting too daunting. Every day we should awaken with a spring in our step to try and leave a positive imprint on the world. We can make our sphere of influence much larger than if it was contained to just ourselves. I try and encourage every person that I come into contact with to want more. I hope that I have encouraged many of the patients/residents that I interact with to desire a deeper level of satisfaction. It can be achieved if you make a conscious decision to always try and look at things more positively. We cannot control the hand that we have been dealt but we can always work towards trying to arrange it in a more positive manner. Forever each one of us should continue working towards that. Look at Bethany Hamilton for instance; she was dealt an absolutely terrible hand. She chose to not focus on the negatives of her accident. I am sure that there are days when she has her moments but that does not override the overwhelming positivity that she feels. I saw her speak and she is forever grateful that she is a role model to people who have attained disabilities everywhere. Her positivity despite the hand that she has been dealt is fantastic and admirable. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Friday, February 24, 2017

Power Alexander Graham Bell

“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists….. and it becomes available only when you are in a state of mind in which you know exactly what you want…. and are fully determined to not quit until you get it.” Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell speaks of the drive that people need in order to accomplish big things. In regards to your health everything is a big thing. Everyone should always desire the most for themselves in regards to health. Sometimes people cannot pinpoint exactly what it is that makes them push forward. At the end of the day it is okay if you don’t understand exactly what makes you carry on as long as you summon some sort of motivation to make you carry on. Big achievers are notorious for having excellent work ethics. The Steve Jobs of the world have a tireless desire to always expand their horizons and always achieve bigger and greater things. A survivor of an injury has to come to terms with the fact that certain things are forever different, but there are things that one can forever do to continue improving. Once again I feel that survivors can help to motivate themselves by utilizing support networks. People of all different walks of life can find others who are walking in their shoes as they go through differing trials and tribulations of life. All things can be made better when you find your tribe of people who understand. The world is filled with people and I can assure you that there are always people who understand where you are in life and what you are looking to be supported in. Part of how I have made an existence for myself is to travel to various locations and always be a sounding board for residents and patients as they are preceding forward on their rehabilitation programs. I try to encourage patients and residents to always put his/her best foot forward. Most people want to be proactive in his/her recovery but they aren’t always sure how to go about it. I am a huge proponent for trying to find mentors and other survivors who have walked along the same path as you have. One has to never quit. If you are happy with where you are you going it is important to always try to reenergize your efforts to accomplish your goal. Sometimes the greatest evidence that a person can have is the things that they have done. People’s paper trail of things that they have done is often their strongest case for the enthusiasm that they are trying to accomplish. Often I encourage people who are not thrilled with their physical abilities at the current moment. I try and get them to not lose hope and to engage themselves in the social aspects that are available to them so that they don’t get negatively impacted by the environment that they are in. The individual is always in control of his/her experience. I try and encourage individuals to never stop until he/she is proud of the experience that they have made for themselves. I thank you very much for reading and would love to read any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, February 20, 2017

Every Person is Enthusiastic at Times

“Every person is enthusiastic at times. One person is enthusiastic for 30 minutes, one person has it for 30 days but it is the person who has it for 30 years who makes a success of life.” Edward Butler George

Enthusiasm differs from person to person. It is quite common for a person to be enthusiastic for a short period of time but in time this enthusiasm is fleeting. A person who is able to maintain their enthusiasm is a person who draws their motivation from internal forces. Every person should try and maintain their largest source of motivation from themselves. A true thinker and achiever has mastered how to call upon their own drive and motivation to accomplish things. The road is not always paved for people; sometimes you have to be willing to pave your own path. Many times I am so honored to come across a senior citizen who is still incredibly motivated and enthusiastic. They are noteworthy in their own right. I love to learn from every older person who I have contact with. Many times I have found myself admiring individuals who maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards life. You can learn from every person that you meet but the wealth of knowledge from an elder exceeds most in my opinion. Edward Butler George puts my estimate into words in his quote.

 Daily I am able to touch base with elders who are moving forward on their rehabilitation journeys. I help to inspire based on my previous rehab experience and I am greatly inspired based on the life experience of elders. I greatly enjoy interacting with young people who have been injured as well but it seems as though there is a vaster population of elders within the facilities that I visit. I gain inspiration from every individual that I touch base with. I make an effort to always maintain my enthusiasm so that every individual that I interact with can continue along his/her rehabilitation path. Each and every family that I have come to know has been equally as enthusiastic as his/her relative. I benefit immensely from touching base with all of these families. There is a different piece of knowledge that can be gained from each and every family that I encounter. I would love to know who else has had a positive experience working with elders. I am enthusiastic to read any responses that you may have and as always I thank you very much for reading!

~Noelle

Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl Stories

“I always try to do as much as I can do. I’m never a person that does not enough, because I’d regret not doing enough and think I probably could have done more. I probably go too far and have to reel myself back in, which works in some things, and other things it doesn’t work.” -Tom Brady

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the championship in America’s favorite past time last night. Tom Brady was not drafted number one or two into the NFL. He was drafted number 199 in the sixth round of the NFL draft. He continued to develop and he is now regarded as one of the best quarterbacks that there ever was. I recently found out that his mother is struggling with cancer and is undergoing treatment. Last night’s game was an overtime sudden death victory that really solidified Tom Brady as one of the best quarterbacks that there ever was. His father told him that he needed to win the game for his mother. I actually loved hearing the story behind his family after the game was over. Learning of human struggles helps to make you realize that we all go through similar things. Yes we are all very different but we are all strikingly similar in many ways. Tom Brady has superstar status and he is a fantastic celebrity but he I am sure is heartbroken and very stressed and nervous that his mother is sick. I felt that he seemed more human to me after learning this. I am sure that no matter all of the success that he has, he is still consumed with the thoughts and hopes of well wishes for his mother. Tom Brady is a bit older than I; he is far superior to likely all individuals who are in his age bracket. Both in his athletic ability and his mentality he far exceeds others. Regardless of age, he is superior to even others in the NFL.  Tom Brady is thirty nine years old with a family and an incredible amount of responsibility and success. I still love that he is devoted to his sport and his family. The celebrity has not caused him to lose touch with who he is. As a sports fan and a humanitarian I am hopeful that Tom Brady will always serve as a fantastic role model for people who are looking to achieve in his/her lives. Personally I would have felt an enormous amount of pressure if my father told me to perform for my sick mother. I guess that is why he is a fantastic sports hero and I am not. People fulfill different roles in life as they try and find their way and place in the world. Tom Brady serves as a hero for many people who follow the game of football. I always grasp on to the fact that he was not a number one draft pick who was always predicted to be as much of a superstar as he has become. There is always room for each one of us to improve. I thank you very much for reading this and I welcome any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Everyone Has Inside of Them a Piece of Good News

“Everyone has inside of them a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish and what your potential is.” -Anne Frank

Everyone must always be open to new opportunities. Self-appreciation and discovery is quite possibly the most important aspect contributing to a sound state of mind. For encouragement to be received an individual must be in a sound mind frame to receive it.  Anne Frank reminds us of the necessity of encouragement. People need to realize that the path ahead is not always paved out for us Many times in life I have found uncertainty to be the only certainty that remains constant. Much changes from day to day and a person must always try and maintain their enthusiasm. Every day new challenges arise and a person must be open to the new opportunities that become available to them. It is true that nobody really has any idea what he/she is capable of. I try and remember Anne Frank’s words whenever I find myself becoming overly concerned about the future. It is okay for a person to give themselves a pat on the back for all of the accomplishments that he/she has made over the last year or several years. The encouragement that can be gained can be instrumental as a person proceeds forward. I believe that we all have a responsibility to share with others when indeed we have found a positive way to live a portion of our lives. I believe that people hold the key for others to be encouraged. I say that with caution because at the end of the day each and every one of us is responsible for our own encouragement. Surrounding ourselves with inspiring people certainly does help. We each have to know ourselves and realize the responsibility that we have to ourselves to engage in positive interactions and realize that we are able to obtain encouragement from ourselves and the way that we think. Perhaps when at a lull of how to think we should be able to give ourselves positive talk and encouragement to proceed forward through our days. It is extremely encouraging to consider that there is no glass roof over our head.  Every day we should work to be better and improve upon our best self. There is forever another personal goal to accomplish. We all have undiscovered potential no matter where you are in life. I am hopeful as I seek to never become complacent with my self-learning. I thank you so much for reading!

~Noelle

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.

~Noelle