Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Holiday Cheer

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” - D.M. Dellinger

The holidays are upon us and no matter which holidays that you celebrate I encourage you all to try and maintain D.M Dellinger’s quotation. The holidays are about company and about love. In my opinion peace of mind is the most important aspect of the holidays. Things happen in families that are beyond all of our control. My heart is always with those that are going through hardship at this time of year. It is my deepest desire that every person will have energy and the desire to pursue their dreams this holiday. The wealth of family should be felt by all. True wealth can be felt in the love of family. I am hopeful that the children who will be in attendance at these holiday parties will learn the importance and the joy that is felt through family.

This year is extremely temperate and it is my hope that we can each satiate on the prosperity and joy that is in those around us even as the weather begins to get colder and less inviting. The warmth from one another should come directly from our hearts and hopefully we can each be joyous and dream filled as this year winds to a close. Every year each of us gathers with family and friends at this time of year to welcome in the holidays. Individual religious preference has far less to do with the holidays than does love for family and friends. A family member of mine is going through much medical difficulty this year and my prayers are with him and his family. I am staying up to date and following along with the various online groups that I am a part of. Warmth and love are universal and can be felt by all. I encourage each and every one of you to enjoy your holiday and I am enthusiastic to read any comments that you may have to share among our community. I am so thankful for you to read and I wish you all the most spectacular of holidays.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Longer Days

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle that ignites another or to be the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton helps to remind people that a person’s purpose is not solely to ignite the candle within others. Many times a person simply should be a reflection of others light. Today is the shortest day of the year; tomorrow and forward until we switch the clocks back again next year we will enjoy longer days of sunlight. For myself I always find it easier to move forward when the days are a bit less dark. I can speak for myself only; but I do know of others who share my view that the increased hours of sunlight will increase motivation and inspiration. Edith Wharton helps to remind us that a person can be an initial igniter of others but they can also be a supporter of passing the light on to others. It is important for an individual to maintain motivation as they go through the different sections of the calendar year. Hopefully a person will find it easier to have a bit of a spring in their step with the beginning of the longer days. I am already looking forward to the warmer weather, but I know that we have had an exceptionally temperate fall and winter as of now.  I am positive that the weather will get far colder before it gets warmer but at least the days are getting longer. I always keep a goal of mine to reflect the light from others. I am always very hopeful that I am able to ignite a flame within many, but at the very least I am sure to continue reflecting the light which I receive onto others. I believe that Edith Wharton would be very pleased if she were to realize what I do. Daily if we can each seek to inspire others the world will be a brighter and more inspired place. As the holidays are upon us it is important to remember to spread joy as much as you are able in as many different ways as possible. There are always opportunities to spread and enjoy the joy that you are absorbing from various things this holiday season. Please try and remember that there are two ways to spread light and that by reflecting the light onto others is a definite and true way to continue to spread the light. This holiday season I am going to try and remember to keep track of all of the light that I come into contact with. I will do my best to reflect it onto others. I thank you for reading and as always would welcome any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Never stop fighting

“Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realize the great life. “ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Kalam reminds us to continue fighting for what is important. He explains that a lofty goal of becoming okay with where you are in life should always be primary. People should seek to learn from others who have had experience in life and have been able to endure its tribulations. I learn from the older people who I come in contact with daily. I feel that I earn a wealth of knowledge through every person that I meet. Life is an ongoing process and the journey provides us each with different resources that we can each decide to learn from. The “unique you” is that which has absorbed much from the differing resources that each of us are exposed to. A person must go forward proactively and be open to all of the lessons that we each are exposed to on a daily basis. Many lessons come to us without our knowledge. I am not sure that we can ever achieve a final destination which is our “destined place”. Perhaps our destined place is not a place at all. We should all seek to be secure and comfortable on the journey. Life seems to be about the journey and not the final destination. I bounce my ideas off of the elders who I am in contact with and they seem to agree. I am incredibly thankful for the experience that I have gained from speaking with these elders.

From what I have learned, elders can help to unlock the secrets for the younger.  I will forever be seeking the destined place. I don’t know that I concur in thinking that it is attainable. I believe that I will never stop fighting to attain knowledge through hard work. A great life will become reality through the effort that is put forth. Life is about the journey and I am hopeful that I will be able to attain a secure and sound life through the continuous effort that I will put forth. I am curious to hear any opinions or thoughts that you may have. I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Monday, December 14, 2015

There is no royal road to anything

“There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland

Holland’s quote is incredibly important for people to remember after they have endured an injury. All that is worth having certainly takes time in which to get there. Often times people get disheartened by the length of time that it may take for a goal to come to fruition. From my experience I have not seen life as being solely about accomplishing goals.  Life is about attaining and maintaining a positive outlook at those times where you may not be accomplishing goals. It is simplistic to maintain a positive state of mind when goals are set and accomplished on a very regular basis. Patience is a virtue and it is important for an individual to not lose sight of the goal in mind. All that is worth achieving takes time and deliverance. Certain things come easily and without much effort, but the majority of things require a great deal of patience and determination. People value things that much more which they have put serious hard work and effort towards. I have grown to be very friendly with the residents at the retirement homes that I visit. Many of them are frustrated at the rate at which they see progress. I try and explain Mr. Holland’s quotation and his state of mind. There are always numerous ways in which to view any situation.

People need to be reminded that things do not always come to fruition in their time. People will be tried in his/her life many times and Mr. Holland’s quotation is very important to assist people in maintaining perspective as he/she moves forward on the path towards their goal. Everyone’s main goal should always be very similar. We all want to live a life of purpose where we feel valued. How we react to situations and how events play off of each other is what life seems to be all about. Every day is a learning experience and we can all only hope to stay on the correct path as we work towards where we want to be. Connections are incredibly valuable and every person that we meet can help us along the way as we progress towards our goals. It is fantastic to become involved with an organization that has a vision statement that coincides with where you see yourself. An organization can provide a sentiment of value for many people. I encourage you all to become involved in an organization that has a vision and a value statement alongside with where you see yourself fulfilled. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any comments that you may have.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Ma Jian Road Ahead

“Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.”  Ma Jian

Every survivor of any sort of trying life event carries with them an extensive paper trail of what they have been through. Every experience that each one of us goes through helps to shape us into the person who we are today. Experience is invaluable in the lessons that it treats us. We each have to be open to the new and changing path that we may come across. A survivor has to be open to the new and changing path that may be ahead. The open communication amongst survivors who are at differing paths as to where we are going is what makes us far better able to tackle the issues that may lie ahead. Nobody knows what will lie ahead but the best way to have a clue is to research and study the paths of those who have traveled down a similar path at one point in his/her life. Other survivors can be incredibly motivating and inspirational. Often times seeing how they have been able to progress and face the new and foreign challenges that life throws at them can help to put a fellow survivor’s mind at ease. The many survivors that I meet with always seem to be inspired by my real life experience that I have had with my injury. Inevitably I am always told how unfair it seems that my injury occurred at such a young age. I know others who are younger than me who have also had devastating and life altering injuries. Tragedies and injuries do not discriminate they may happen to any person at any point in time.  Hopefully I can aid every survivor who I visit in the hospitals. My story I know helps them to realize that sometimes accidents happen to younger and unsuspecting people as well. Humans are social animals and communication can always help to make a person feel better understood as they venture forward on their recovery path.  I wonder who else has had experience with an inspirational entity; who he/she was and how they impacted the patient. As the weather begins to get colder it is important to always have a warm and open heart. I will never give up trying to help people who have sustained injuries or their families help to better understand that indeed life does go on. I welcome any thoughts that you may have and I thank you so much for reading.

~Noelle

Friday, December 4, 2015

John F. Kennedy live words

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest form of appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

 John F. Kennedy reminds us to practice what we preach. Many people are very capable of putting many lovely words together but it has far greater impact for an individual to reflect and behave in a manner that is appreciative and thankful. One can never know the impact that he/she is capable of having on those around you. People should seek to live the essence of Thanksgiving daily. Now that the holiday has passed people need to not lose a grasp of the values that are important. The children that I was in contact with over the holiday were all indeed thankful for the meal that they were about to feast on. I tried to instill in them that the magic of the holidays is to live the joy that we experience on the celebratory day. Following sustaining a brain injury there are certainly difficult times, yet people need to understand how fortunate they are to live. I try to remind myself of how fortunate we are to have heat and shelter as the weather begins to get chilly. The ability to take a warm shower is a freedom that far too many people take for granted. During the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas there are many food drives for those less fortunate than us. The holiday spirit is beginning to touch all of us and I try and remember this as I may get annoyed when looking for a parking spot. If an inconvenient parking spot is all I have to worry about during this time of year than I am incredibly fortunate. I try and reflect on John F. Kennedy’s quote every morning as I begin to start my day. We all could use more practice in living appreciation. I would love to hear any thoughts that anyone may have on this. Many of my friends are very concerned with instilling a culture of appreciation and thankfulness to their families and their children. My god daughter and my nephew are the two children that I have the most contact with. I try and remind them of how thankful and grateful they should be for all that they have. I hope that I am having a positive impact although I know that being very young it is sometimes difficult for children to truly realize how blessed they are. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

 ~Noelle