Gratitude is a wonderful notion. This quote by M.J Ryan that beautifully encapsulates its impact: “Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness, where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong.” Generally all who I am in contact with: friends, family, coworkers and the like know that I am my own harshest critic. I try and focus upon what I have; that all is as it should be. It is no simple feat for me to distance from my preconceived notions of where I would have been. The truth is that nobody has any clue as to what “would have been.”
As with anything, with practice my method of thinking is becoming more automatic and less of a contrived effort. My physical abilities I have been fortunate to regain in the functional sense. Emotionally, I have had to remain (and always will) on the ball to make sure that I am centered and not focusing upon the things in my life that have forever been compromised. Staying in contact with the Brain Injury Community has allowed me to witness how I can act as an advocate and an ambassador to the general public on behalf of our portion of the population. When I visit with a family or with patients, I am cognoscente of the need to convey the implications to the psyche that very often occur. At one of rehab centers we have a stroke support group that meets weekly to discuss possible changes that a patient may notice following a neurological insult. Every week, the patients are surprised that I endured a stroke at such a young age. Ryan’s quote reminds me of my need to reflect upon how fortunate I am to be able to eloquently verbalize many observations that I have had along my path. I would love to read any reactions that people may have to my entry. As always, I thank you very much for reading.