Thursday, December 1, 2016

Helen Keller

“Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of people overcoming it.” Helen Keller

Helen Keller’s quote is one that beautifully reframes how people need to look at every day struggles. Issues in daily life often seem overwhelming but Helen Keller’s quote is absolutely one to be remembered. Every day people undergo difficulties but every day there are tons more people that are overcoming them. It is important to always remember that miracles happen every day. Now conversely failures happen just as often but it is about keeping your focus in the correct energy. Positive energy is incredibly encouraging and it can help a person to change the lens through which they view the world. A person that is encouraged and positive can help a person to always look towards the positive aspect going through life. No matter how the chips may fall in your life it is important to always remember that somebody somewhere has gone through the same thing as you are. People are amazingly similar in so many ways. Inspiration can be found from many unlikely sources. Recently an acquaintance told me about an incredible new motivational speaker in the area who has undergone his own traumatic injury. Gabe Hurley is a local survivor who has engaged in motivational speaking in relation to the injury that he endured. He is a wonderful example of Helen Keller’s quote in action. He certainly has every reason to feel sorry for himself but conversely he uses his injury as a gift to help and inspire people. Gabe could easily feel sorry for himself with all of the vices that he now endures moving forward in life. Gabe helps to offer some prospective to people as they are going through their lives. It is important to always remember that somebody somewhere always has it better than you; and conversely somebody somewhere always has it worse off. It is important to remember that people are finding the inspiration to continue and overcome seemingly insurmountable things every day. I know that for me this fact really has helped me as I have trekked along on this glorious path that we call life. A person’s focus always has to be towards the positive aspects of life. It is entirely too easy to always find yourself tempted to look towards the negative. I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.


Friday, November 11, 2016

The Severity of One's Disabilities Does Not Determine Potential

“The severity of one’s disability does not determine their level of potential. The greatest barriers that persons with disabilities have to overcome are not steps or curbs, it’s expectations.” Karen Clay

A premier case in point of a person not allowing physical disabilities or hurdles to get in his way is Stephen William Hawking. Stephen suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease. It is debilitating and doctors did not expect Hawking to live a full life. They predicted he would live only two and a half years. These two and a half years were not expected to be fruitful as it was predicted that his level of disability would be too vast to overcome. Stephen William Hawking did not set his expectations too high; rather he kept proceeding with one foot after the other. He never allowed himself to be sidetracked by what his own personal limitations were. I often think of him whenever a feat seems as though it may be too large for me to accomplish. Stephen Hawking never allowed himself to stop attempting to be as functional as he could possibly be despite any physical hardship that he was faced to endure. His physical faculties were stripped of him one by one over the years. There was an incredibly inspiring autobiography released based on his heroic life. As a disabled citizen I am enamored at how “normally” he has been able to life his life despite his progressively worsening state. People know of Stephen Hawking because of the intellectual strides that he has been able to make. He has been able to make groundbreaking discoveries despite all of the things that he has going against him. Jane Wilde and Hawking eventually divorced but they stayed close for their children. I am more impressed how Stephen always intellectually furthered himself and did not allow himself to be sidetracked by his incredibly daunting physical ailments. I think that people come along who represent a cause bigger than themselves. The awareness and advocacy that Stephen Hawking represents is incredible for the ALS community. Just by being who he is Stephen Hawking represents a sentiment of courage and perseverance. I hope that I can represent a small portion of what he represents to people. He has a true celebrity status at this point for the feats that he has tackled. He represents an incredible example of what can be accomplished when a person does not allow his/ her disability to determine how much they are able to achieve in life. I thank you very much for reading and I hope that my words can serve as some encouragement for each one of you as you keep moving forward. I welcome any thoughts that you may have.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Seek to Inspire

“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life.” Adele Brookman

This Halloween I encourage all to try and stay in the moment. All too often we allow ourselves to get consumed with our anxieties of looking too far ahead. Very often I find myself tempted to worry about the future. Halloween has arrived and I am trying to focus upon what is important and necessary. This day of festivities is about the children more than anything else. The children put on costumes and they try and frighten each other and go out amongst the neighborhood and ask for candy. The holiday can be about joy and it needs to be about enjoyment more than anything else. There is always a bit of a draw to look deep into our own issues and overanalyze too deeply into insignificant holiday occurrences. Like everything else I have found that I am getting better with practice. I now thoroughly enjoy going to watch my nephew and goddaughter go to play their weekly soccer games. I get enjoyment out of watching them enjoy the games. This enjoyment came with time for I had difficulty separating myself away from the field at first. It was quite an effort at first to not allow myself to compare the children’s enjoyment to my current physical stature. It took some effort but I now realize that the enjoyment of the children is what comes first at this point in my life. Even though I do not have children of my own, my brother’s children are who are closest to me and they are the children who I identify with the most at this point in my life. I adore my brother’s children and I have witnessed myself improve as I have grown into being a better aunt. This Halloween my brother’s kids will go out with their cousins in a quiet neighborhood. My neighborhood has many children but they are not the cousins of my niece and nephew. I am sure that there will be many masks of both of the presidential candidates as this is an election year. It should be rather humorous to see the various costumes. I always love the dog costumes that people sometimes do alongside their costumes. I challenge everyone to have a joyous Halloween and to use the holiday as a further opportunity to inspire yourself. Everyone has the right to celebrate the various different holidays for what they are. Inspiration can be found in many different ways I challenge you to always look through a lens that will absorb all of the inspiration that life has to offer. I would love to know what everyone is being for Halloween. I hope that you enjoy your day and I welcome any responses that you may have. I thank you very much for reading.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Some People Grumble Thorns

“Some people are always  grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr

A true example of reframing can be seen from Alphonse Karr’s quotation. It is a well-known fact that people avoid the thorns on a rose bush and often see them as a vice. Alphonse Karr chooses to look at the thorns as a positive to a rosebush. He views the entire rose from the viewpoint of the thorn. Sometimes in life we have to look at things from the opposite viewpoint. We need to try and see the positive no matter what viewpoint we are afforded. Often no matter where we are in life it is easy to fall victim to the negative viewpoint. An individual always has to try and see the positive in whatever shoe in life that he or she wears. There is always a more positive way in which to envision things. I recently ran into a family friend whom I had visited in the hospital. He was so happy that I gave him a different viewpoint in regards to the recovery that he was currently enduring. Individuals need to celebrate all that they currently have. There are so many things about life that are taken for granted daily. There is always an opposite point of view that can be stepped into by an individual. Whenever I feel myself getting negative in my viewpoint I try and remember all of the blessings that I have. I can think of numerous blessings that a person must be thankful for. Living in a free country has to be the number one privilege that I see most often that is taken for granted. We are all incredibly blessed to be able to live freely and pursue our personal hopes and dreams. It is an incredible privilege to be able to have your own free choices as to what path of life to pursue. It is my dream for everyone to pursue his/her dreams as far as what to pursue in his/her daily life. I think that no matter what a person has gone through they are always capable of attempting to always seek for a more positive viewpoint in whatever they are encountering. I have spoken to many a survivor and have always stressed the importance of learning the skill of positive reframing. We all have moments and I think that it is incredibly important for individuals to be honest about what they are going through from day to day. I tried to explain (and was successful from what the individual said….) that it could have always been worse. When you affect a person positively it always seems much easier to lift yourself up. I am very thankful to you as always for reading and I look forward to any replies or comments that you may have.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

George Burnham

“I can’t do it, never accomplished anything; I will try has accomplished wonders” George P. Burnham

An individual going through a traumatic life event has to know that there are always at least two resolutions to every problem. At the very least a person can make the decision to exert effort and try for something more or a person can choose to throw in the towel and allow status quo to remain. A survivor of any sort of an injury needs to realize the power that he/she has on their complete self. The entirety of a being is made up of many different parts. Each aspect of a person has equal importance. While it is incredibly important to be motivated to push forward a person needs to realize where they were able to draw up the motivation from. In my experience people can draw upon the motivation that they exude to others by example. In my situation I am driven to continue doing what I am doing based on the feedback that I hear back from patients and families. Life is certainly not easy and the recovery from a traumatic injury is certainly not easy. An individual has to make an internal pact never to give up. There is no limit on how much effort a person can put forth. People need to know his/her self and what motivates them. I always encourage patients to encourage their peers because I realize that the most credible individuals are those that have had experience with going through a vice of their own.

Every person is able to help somebody along the way. We should all strive to encourage one another to never give up. Humans are social creatures and we all greatly benefit from encouragement from one another. I think that strength comes in much part from encouragement. Self-motivation is certainly instrumental and nothing can be achieved without that; yet when people are unsure as to where to focus their energies, advice from someone who has already walked your path is invaluable. I encourage every patient who I interact with to do their diligence and attempt to make connections with others who are taking part in the same recovery as they are. Whenever someone begins a venture to regain his/her life they need support and comradery in order to maintain their motivation to keep moving forward. Whenever somebody is recovering he/she cannot be left strictly to their own devices in my opinion. There is always room for encouragement and improvement. A person needs to have a state of mind that realizes how utterly useless it is to give up. A person has achieved many a great things by attempting a feat. Even if they are not quite capable of attaining the goal at hand they have at least laid a solid groundwork for the path ahead. I thank you very much for reading and would encourage any responses that you may have.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Langston Hughes Hold On Fast to Dreams

“Hold fast onto dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly” Langston Hughes

    This quote by Langston Hughes is incredibly poignant for an individual that has sustained any sort of a life altering injury. A person going through difficulty needs to hold on tight to the dreams that they have. I suggest always trying to foster dreams to develop so that an individual will always have aspirations and hopes. It is sometimes very easy to lose sight of where you want to be. By holding onto your dreams you can maintain a sense of ambition and motivation as you proceed forward on life’s path for you. Life is all about motivation and there are many different ways in which to attain this. The best is to awaken a sense of motivation within you. Internal motivation is often the most difficult to come by, yet no doubt the most useful. Individuals need to assume some responsibility for their own dreams and happiness. Life sometimes gets in the way; yet there are always several ways to solve a problem. From my experience I have found that people generally want to help an assist one another as they are trying to get through life. I have been extremely forthright in regards to the integral part in my life that role models have played. They can help to inspire and serve as role models as you are trying to build the fabric as to what will be your life. I think that people can be incredibly valuable to a person who is trying to establish a career. An individual always needs to keep a grasp onto his/her dreams. A person should never lose sight of where they envision his/her self. I think that dreams are essential to maintaining motivation. An unmotivated individual can do nothing but harm the culture of workmanlike individuals. An unmotivated individual can upset the whole balance of a culture. People want to be useful and feel as though they are pursuing his/her dreams. I thank you so much for reading and I would love to read any thoughts that you may have!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Gail Devers

“Every accomplishment begins the same way; with the decision to try.” Gail Devers

Gail Devers helps people to realize that every single accomplishment in this life all had begun the exact same way. Every accomplishment has begun with the decision to attempt and try. Nothing in this world begins without any effort. Without effort people lack the motivation to become motivated and try for bigger things. People always have to want more. We all need to feel as though we can improve and go bigger, stronger and better. No matter how big or small the feat or desire is people always have to want to improve. If we are not striving to forever improve; we simply exist. To truly live is to attempt to improve and to make life better for yourself and those around you. I have found that by opening your horizons people are further open to experiencing life on a far bigger scale. By experiencing life on a far bigger scale we can become open to all of the wonders that are available to us. I believe that people all need to realize that we are all far more alike than we are different. People have to have a desire to improve and make things better for those around them. There has to be a culture that believes in helping one another along the path of life. If a person never allows him/herself to feel the desire to improve and change, then a society will no longer seek for improvement. With this upcoming election, we are all hearing from the candidates and what his/her views are in relation to change and improvement. Gail Devers quote allows us to realize that life is forever about the decision to improve and change. It greatly helps individuals to simplify things out to understand what is required of them. Those that are able to summon desire within them are forever in a far better situation. I encourage all of those who are able to encourage others who may benefit from hearing from you. We are all the same inside. We are all people and we all have challenges that we attempt to negotiate daily to get through life. Younger people are looking to grow up and admire us. As individuals we all have the responsibility to lead by example and help to pave out a path for those that will follow in our footsteps. A person has to always remember that every accomplishment no matter how big or small all started out in the same way. All achievements began in the exact same way. There has to first be the conscious decision to try.

I thank you all for reading and I would love to hear any reflections that you may have.