Today is December 1, 2011, and my 30-day November to Remember, No Excuses November challenge has ended. What do we do now?
Continue to cultivate our gardens. In October, I wrote about cultivating our gardens and needing to have faith that what was going on under the soil was progress even though we could not see it. On October 16, 2011, Sally and I worked on getting our Fall vegetable garden started (this year, tomatoes only). I just went outside and took this picture:
As you can see, whatever we had faith was working under the soil must have been working because we have 5 plants of different tomatoes growing. They currently range in height from 15 inches to 36 inches, and there are a few flowers and a couple of tomatoes growing, which are impossible to see in the picture because they are so small.
So, now that my 30-day challenge is over, what do we do now? Do we say, “Oh, well, there are no tomatoes we can eat on those plants…what a waste of time.” Do we say, “Oh, well, there are no tomatoes we can eat on those plants…no point in continuing to water them.” Do we say, “Oh, well, there are no tomatoes we can eat on those plants…might as well pull them up and plant something else.” Do we say, “Oh, well, there are no tomatoes we can eat on those plants…there has been such little progress, there is no way this ever will lead to tomatoes we can eat.”
Sally and I are rejecting all of these thoughts, and we are continuing to cultivate our garden. How about you?
You have spent the last 30 days with my challenge and done the modified version of the Recipe for Recovery. Good for you! And, you did not achieve full symptom-free recovery in those 30 days…nobody expected you to. However, you made progress toward recovery.
Those of you who just started the Recipe in November have to look a little harder to find your progress than those who already had started prior to November, but it is progress nonetheless.
So, here we are in December, and I am asking you to continue cultivating your garden. Now that you have started the modified Recipe for Recovery, expand your recovery and embrace the entire Recipe for Recovery. It brought me to full recovery. It brought Marie to full recovery. People have been posting comments of how it is moving them forward toward recovery. It just takes time and the will to want to recover…oh yes, and faith and action to see it through to full recovery.
If you are thinking about stopping, I have one more thing to share with you. Years ago we planted a small ruby red grapefruit tree. We cared for it, nurtured it, cultivated it, but, seemingly, to no avail. After 4 years it had grown to a medium-sized tree, but we never saw the first grapefruit blossom. Prior to pulling the tree out of the ground, we did a little research and learned that this type of tree in our climate could take 5 or 6 years to produce blossoms, and then another 1 or 2 years to produce fruit.
So we continued cultivating our tree. This year as we are enjoying our 4th or 5th year of magnificent, abundant grapefruit from our tree, we are so happy that we did not give up or change course or yank out the tree, but instead, we stayed on the path toward grapefruit and we did not get off until we achieved grapefruit.
So as you are cultivating your garden (your Parkinson’s recovery), please do not give up or change course. Instead, how about continuing to cultivate your garden by staying on your path toward recovery and not getting off until you recover. Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,