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

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