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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We Keep Moving Forward Out of Curiosity

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney

At this holiday time of year the organization that I am fortunate enough to work for has announced a further expansion. I am a huge fan of the organization and I am excited for what they hope to accomplish. I realize that health care is a huge industry that will always be expanding as long as people and the population are expanding. As the New Year is quickly coming upon us the sentiment of expansion and new beginnings is here as well. The weather is certainly getting frigid which follows suit with the Christmas Season. Despite the frigid weather there is a sentiment of warmth in realization to where I work and the togetherness that is felt amongst the team members. We are all working together to improve the healthcare environment. The feeling of comradery is incredible during this time of year especially. Everyone is working for the betterment of the common good. We as people are all very similar. We are all plagued by the same vices that provide us hardships in life. We can all always help to offer encouragement to others. During these holidays I am going to try to encourage as many children and senior citizens (all people but seemingly these are of particular need) as I can. The new ventures that my organization has assumed are still in its infancy and it will take time for all of these new acquisitions to feel as though they are truly part of the entirety of the organization. All of the team members have always worked together for the betterment of team and the community. It is great to feel as part of an expanding entity as the growth and expansion continues. Hopefully with these new expansions there will be more opportunities for each team member to expand their horizons. This time of growth should be seen as a time of increasing responsibility for all of the employees. The expansions mean that there is a vaster coverage area and thus I will have to get myself more comfortable with driving out of my typical vicinity. I will make sure to take precautions so that I will not drive at very high traffic portions of the day. These new expansions will indeed provide me with additional coverage area that I will have to familiarize myself with. I thank you so much for reading as always and I hope that your holiday season continues to bring each and every one of you joy and happiness.

~Noelle

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holidays Reflect on Blessings

“The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect upon our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” Terri Marshall

Another holiday season is upon us and it is important to always try and remember that this time of year we should always be focused on others. As I am getting older, primarily it is evident that the gift giving and the surprises are about the children. Family is about love and as people we should all strive to show others that we indeed do love them at this time of year. There are always a great many charitable functions that take place at this time of year. There are numerous fundraisers that take place for various causes. We should all strive to give thanks for all that we have while aiding in the cause to help others. There are numerous parties where people get dressed up and eat/drink glorious treats. We all have to try and remember what the real meaning of these holidays is. The holidays are about opening your heart up to aid others. Commercialism has made the focus all about the presents. As we mature we come to understand that there is far more to the season than the presents and the food that is served. Every year I remind myself of how fortunate I am to have recovered to this point. Certainly I often have my moments where I wish that things were easier again but then I wouldn’t be able to spread hope to others. I realize how fortunate I am in that I get to make a difference in the lives of people who are familiar with what it is to have a devastating injury. I would encourage all to always seek out others who you can aid and help and I guarantee that your holidays will be much more meaningful. I always try to keep my eyes and ears open for chances to further my holiday cheer by helping others who may be less fortunate than I. There is always an opportunity to share with people who would be receptive and grateful for it. Open your hearts this holiday season and try to spread the loving joy to as many people as you can. It doesn’t cost anything, but a little bit of time and a little bit of love. The gift of emotional support and graciousness is worth far more than any tangible gift could be. Hold on tight to your family this holiday season and try and remember all of the gifts that each one of us has. Try and not lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season and try and spread joy and love to as many people as you come into contact with. There is no limit to the amount of lives that each one of us can try and improve. Remember that we were all put on this earth to help one another. I thank you all for reading and would encourage any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Performance, Perseverance and Persistence

"Performance, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and possibilities: it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." Thomas Carlyle

An individual who has survived any sort of a hardship or vice has to always remember that life is not easy and often people are faced with hardships which allow them to differentiate themselves from the mass population. An injury is a prime example where there are a vast number of possible outcomes. An individual has to not allow his/her morals to get lazy or their desire to get lax. An individual must always search for their place in life. I hesitate at saying this because their place is always changing and evolving as the world is not steady. The world is a forever changing place. A person should never allow his/her self to not feel challenged by the opportunity at hand. There is forever room for improvement. Everyone will experience hardships and disappointments along their path of life. These difficulties and hardships are not destinations or final in nature the key is to never stop searching for a place of comfort and desire. There is always a chance for a person to achieve more. Opportunities exist for those who are willing to put forth an effort to find them. An individual who has endured a brain injury will have many opportunities to exhibit strength. In my opinion all who have endured a brain injury have had many an opportunity to exhibit strength. Depending on the person there are bountiful opportunities to always put your best foot forward and to try harder. A drastic injury such as a brain injury will always present numerous opportunities to always put forth a bit more effort. Perhaps the opportunities for betterment will be a bit different than was originally anticipated; but they are plentiful opportunities none the less. I have found that there is much more meaning in the work that I do now following my injury. I am able to give insight to new survivors and their families. You always have to try and aid the next person to follow in your footsteps. The holidays are upon us and the work that I do deeply represents the importance of the holidays. People are put on this earth to care for one another and to help each other proceed through life. This time of love and family exudes onto my other family that I work to help and make their path easier as they proceed forward on their recovery process. I consider all others who have endured a brain injury or a life altering injury as my extended family. We were all put on this earth to help one another. I thank you very much for reading and as always I encourage any responses or comments that you may have.

~Noelle

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.

~Noelle