For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, periodically you will see a comment from a woman named Margriet. Margriet is from the Netherlands, and she has been Fighting Parkinson’s Drug Free for two years by doing the Recipe. She had a wedding to attend in the States, and she contacted me a couple of months ago to see if she came through Tampa on her way to the wedding, would I be available for in-person coaching. Of course I said yes! This post is written with her permission.
Margriet arrived in Tampa a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday evening. The following day, Sally and I picked her up at her hotel to go to lunch. When Margriet opened the door to the hotel room, my first thought was “this woman must have reached her full recovery on her plane flight.” Although this was our first meeting, we hugged like old friends, and then we walked to the car to head to lunch. Other than a “less-than-perfect” walk, I saw no Parkinson’s in Margriet, particularly as she walked down a flight of stairs.
The three of us had lunch, and it was a delightful time. To an outsider, I feel that we would have appeared to be friends for 20 years getting together to chat about life. I have written in the past that although it is Parkinson’s that brings us together here on this blog, it is the sharing of our lives that brings us closer to each other. And that is how lunch was with Margriet…meeting this woman from the Netherlands for the first time, and just sharing our lives over lunch…feeling like long-time friends even though we met in person just 20 minutes earlier.
After lunch, Sally headed home, and Margriet and I spent the rest of the day working on her Parkinson’s recovery. We covered all of the aspects of the Recipe, the complete soul, mind, and body healing. The more time we spent together, the more I felt what I feel during the time I spend with those of you I am coaching, including those of you I have met in person…we all are the same in our Parkinson’s.
It is why I know that if you do the Recipe with full faith in yourself, in the Recipe, and in your Higher Power, you can achieve the same full recovery as me, and Marie, and Pratima, and Betty. I know it. We are the same. You know it, too. How many of you have read what I have written, or read the comments that others have written, and said to yourself, “Wow, I am reading about me. This is how I feel, soul, mind, and body.”
So, whether you are Margriet in the Netherlands or Howard in the States, you are one of us…the connection of Parkinson’s and sharing our lives that brings us close to each other. We are the ones who understand each other better than anybody because of the connection we share.
How much more clear could this be than to spend parts of a couple of days with somebody I never have met, never have spoken to, never have Skyped…only have exchanged emails…and we instantly knew each other and were friends. Sally was there, and she, having held my hand through the journey, felt the connection as well. Three of us like old friends. It was real, and it was delightful. It was recovery. Our time together is cherished.
Here is an excerpt from my May 1, 2013 post, Fighting Parkinson’s, and our recovery community keeps growing:
Recently, Margriet sent me an email and said the next time I mentioned the tortoise would I post a picture and share with all of your these words: “Keep up the Faith! Don’t hurry, be happy.” Of course I told her, “Okay!” Here it is:
So, to my dear friend Margriet, and my dear friends, all of you, I say, “Be the tortoise. Take the Recipe with you for your journey to full recovery and do not let it go. Take your time, and be kind and compassionate…to yourself and to others. Life is too short to hold grudges, lack forgiveness, be angry, feel stress. Do your Qigong. Calm your mind. Open your heart. Keep up the Faith! Don’t hurry, be happy. Each step forward that you take is recovery in and of itself…one step closer to your full recovery! Don’t just think about recovery. Be recovery, and be it in everything you do!”
You are worth it!!!
All my best,