With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER!
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*** Hit by two trucks—one involving a 37-day coma—I remain happy.
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TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK—Change–I’ve gone through many changes, as you might know.
Change is one of the most difficult things that many humans can not deal with. Because of my accidents and other surprise changes, I had to learn to deal with the change.
Here are some suggestions that can help >>
1. Learn to accept what has happened
Approval is a big word, but it can really help. Some people see that as giving up, yet it is better to see it as coming to terms with how things are for now.
2. Pace yourself
If you have had a brain injury or are recovering from a procedure, you may not be able to do as much as you used to. This can be hard to adjust to because we lead busy lives like I had wanted after awakening from my coma. Pacing yourself may actually help you do more rather than having a setback because you’ve done too much.
3. Ask for help from friends and loved ones
Acceptance is a big word, but it can really help. Could you talk with others about our troubles? It will help.
Yet, it can be hard to ask for help, especially if you think you’re already a burden because of your situation. People often want to help but won’t know how unless you tell them what you need. Try not to think, ‘If they really loved me, they would know what I need’ – our friends and loved ones are not mind readers.
And tell people if the support you’re getting isn’t the support you need. For example, your friends and family may want to do everything for you, but it can be an important part of your recovery to do things for yourself.
4. Look for new opportunities
There may be things you enjoy that you can’t do anymore, like the juggling skill level I was at. It’s normal to mourn losing things like this. A useful thing to say is, ‘What can I do instead?’
Instead of juggling, you might be taking up cycling, especially if a heart condition means you can’t run anymore, finding a new hobby, or volunteering instead of what you used to do.
5. Carry a ready reminder
You can get a small card that you can carry with you and write down on it a strategy that works for you when you are feeling down. It might be to ‘Practice juggling,’ ‘Go for a walk,’ ‘Phone my sister,’ or ‘Make an appointment with my Doctor’.
6. Have a strategy for dealing with your stress
Like I wrote, you can often see it coming before. There may be times when you find things hard to deal with. Yes, you can train yourself. Learn to recognize when you are becoming stressed and have strategies that you find helpful. This can be anything that works for you, but tips that often help are slowing down your breathing or going outside to somewhere you can see greenery and hear birdsong.
You can also try visualizing a time or place when you felt calm and happy. Think with your senses – what the temperature was like, what you could hear, what you could smell. The more you get used to doing this, the faster you can return to that place.
7. Have a story that you can tell easily
Having a practice can help introduce some stability in your life. Often when you have a health problem, you get asked about it by friends or acquaintances. That can be exhausting and mean you feel like a condition rather than a person.
It can be useful to come up with a story that you use every time and tell easily without going into too much detail. Then, turn the conversation around to something else that is not your health. Of course, with people you’re close to, you might want to go into more detail about your health. That can help too.
8. Give yourself time
It may take weeks or months to accept what has happened and learn to live with it. You may need to mourn for what you feel you have lost.
9. Involve yourself with others
People are here to help us. Could you talk with others who have had the same experience? This might mean joining a brain injury support group or connecting with others online, such as on our online community.
10. Get into a practice
Having a routine can help introduce some tranquility in your life. Try to have regular meals and to eat a balanced diet, even if you don’t feel much like eating. Looking after yourself physically will help your mental well-being, too. Exercise can help, too, but start gently.
11. Avoid self-medicating with alcohol or drugs
Alcohol or drugs can sometimes make things seem easier to deal with, but they will stop you from accepting what has happened. They can also cause depression and other health problems.
12. Don’t make significant life changes
If you can avoid it, don’t make big decisions immediately when you might still be in shock about what happened. Your judgment may not be at its best, and it might take time before you can tell whether, for example, your health will allow you to go back to work or if you need to change your living arrangements.
WHAT NEW STORIES ARE YOU READY TO WRITE?
WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.
They are so interesting, challenging, and essential on our path to joy, happiness, and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.
I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.
How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking.
WHEN YOU IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
YOU CHANGE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE—SOMETIMES INSTANTLY!
Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!
You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking —and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!
Self-talk is so essential—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they are just words.
But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.
EVEN IF YOU START LATE, ARE UNCERTAIN,
OR ARE DIFFERENT –
YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
Don’t forget that you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.
REMEMBER, VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.
Positive and inspiring quotes are like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life. They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
I hope the following words help >>
1) The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -Albert Einstein
2) Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. -Arnold Bennett
3) Change is inevitable.
Change is constant. -Benjamin Disraeli
4) When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. -Benjamin Franklin
5) The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change. -Bill Clinton
6) The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. -Charles Kettering
7) If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less. -General Eric Shinseki
8) Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better. -Esther Dyson
9) Resistance at all costs is the most senseless act there is. -Friedrich Durrenmatt
10) If we don’t change, we don’t grow.
If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. -Gail Sheehy
11) Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. -George Bernard Shaw
12) When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change. -George Bernard Shaw
13) I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. -Georg C. Lichtenberg
14) He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. -Harold Wilson
15) Change before you have to. -Jack Welch
16) People can cry much easier than they can change. -James Baldwin
17) Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy
18) Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. -John Kenneth Galbraith
19) Be the change that you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi
20) Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
21) Learn to change with the changes. -Kit Summers
COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!
MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
Time is going faster all the time, it seems.
Do you keep track of what you do each day?
Do this for a few weeks, and you will see your time differently.
9/30–I get so excited each week to put out my blog. Not knowing what the next blog subject is always a challenge. Of course, you know there are billions of ideas to jump forward from.
Free Ice Cream! Mary, who ran Alpine Ice Cream Parlor, died, and in memory of her, they were giving free ice cream away. We brought Nancy, and each had a double, what a wonderful thing.
10/1–Awakening about 3am, my usual wake-up time, it was onto the computer to write some words for you. Good morning to you. I seem to do fine with little sleep, do you get much shuteye?
Today I worked on various projects and made advancements. I hope you made it a great day.
10/2–Normally, I like to keep my weight at 161. I went to the doctor, and I am 182. I guess that’s what eating well and no exercise does to you—time to jump on my bike and put in some miles each day. My asthma has gotten so bad it is hard to breathe when I run. And juggling will no longer keep my weight down because I can’t juggle so well.
How about you? Are you at a weight you are comfortable with?
Speaking of weight, Beth made a big batch of chocolate chip cookies.
It’s hard to stay away from them, yikes.
This is a recipe I developed.
Make some; you will love them!
Chocolate chip cookies
3 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons Kahlua
2 tablespoons vanilla
5 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
325 for 15 minutes
10/3–Do not remember what happened today whoops.
10/4 I worked on my table designs for most of the day. I use screws to hold the legs to the bottom, but the filler I use to cover the screw heads does not stain the same as the rest of the wood. I must find a way to cover these screw heads that is hard to detect–and I will.
The tables are turning out beautiful.
I have included some photos.
I would love to hear from you about them.
10/5–Beth saw that Corleysmarket.com had more succulents in, so off we went. After, Beth treated us to an all-you-can-eat Chinese Food place. Quite tasty, and, I ate all I could.
10/6–Worked on my planters again. There is a local farmer’s market that I plan to sell them at. I’m not sure of the pricing, I will figure it out and let you know.
IS IT TIME TO “MAKE” THINGS HAPPEN AND LIVE A FULLER LIFE?
YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
Summer is here. Have you ridden your bike? The freedom and wind going by and great to experience. Don’t have a bike? You can find one used for a low price. Now, get out there and ride this week!
DO SOMETHING NEW–DAILY,
THEN, KEEP DOING IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
NEXT BLOG >>
Not sure right now.
We will both find out by next week.
AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?