Fighting Parkinson’s, and compassion and gratitude

Last week, I posted Fighting Parkinson’s, and control, acceptance, and surrender, part 2 in which I explained about my father’s sudden passing. The responses I received were filled with compassion. I was overwhelmed…and I am grateful for all of you.

Last week’s post had 34 comments filled with compassion, well-wishes, sympathy, empathy, prayers and love. In addition to those 34 comments, I received heart-felt compassion on Skype and FaceTime, on the phone and though text messages, in instant messages and through email. I could hear your voices and read your words and feel your compassion come through loud and clear.

You put your personal Parkinson’s suffering aside and reached out to me, another human being who was suffering, and you opened your hearts and offered me your compassion and your love. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am grateful!

So, today’s lesson is simple: Find the compassion in your hearts that you offered to me. Find the love in your hearts that you offered to me. AND: Offer them to yourselves. You have Parkinson’s and you are suffering. Please offer yourselves the same compassion and love you offered me. It will be very healing, and I will be very grateful to know that each of you has been able to give yourself a hug just like you gave to me.

Here’s a hug from me to get you started.

You can do this.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,



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16 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and compassion and gratitude

  1. Dear Howard,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great personal loss.

    Peace, Lex

  2. Lloyd says:

    I have been away from your site and returning today was so uplifting. The sudden loss of your Father is a sad season. He must have been so very proud of you. My deepest sympathies are being sent your way.
    You inspire so many of us with your words of wisdom. I am going to work on what you said about taking time to love ourselves. You are a giant blessing, Howard.

  3. mayarita says:

    Thankyou dear Howard
    Your kind wise words and affirmations are now a constant background to my life and help me every day giving courage strength and positivity even when I cannot find the time or energy to do the physical excercises.

  4. judy says:

    I have been going through a rough patch. Thanx, Howard, for the invaluable inspiration. Having compassion for and loving myself are a struggle for me. I really needed to hear from you today. Thanx, again. May God continue to comfort you in you loss. We love you, Howard.

  5. Waseema says:

    Dear Howard,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I pray that you find peace and tranquillity in the light of acceptance. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Ainsley says:

    My thoughts are with you and Sally and your family in this time of your sad loss.
    Thank you for your continuing words of wisdom.

    Warm regards

  7. Helen says:

    Thank you Howard I am grateful for your message. I will endeavour to send that love back to myself and compassion I need it from myself. Cheers and love to you and all here xx

  8. Melanie says:

    Howard, when I see the new post each week, it brings me such great strength and one every week. I can’t tell you how much it means to me and keeps me going through the rough times. I know I can do this because of you because of your example because of your caring and because of your strength and sincerity. Finding you has been such a great blessing in my life.. I don’t know where I would be without the hope that you have given me. I thank God every day for you and your family. When I get down and struggle emotionally and physically I just repeat that I have faith in the recipe, I have faith in you, and I have faith in God that I can heal from this. I keep repeating this until the faith surfaces and I know in my heart that I can heal it’s just a matter of time.
    With much love and gratitude I send your way. Melanie

  9. Paul says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.Paul

  10. Debbie says:

    Thank you Howard,
    You are the such a great example to all of us. I can feel your love and your sincere belief that we can get better. The world is a better place because you are in it. Thank you!

  11. linda says:

    dear howard
    like lloyd i have been away from the site for a while and send you belated sincere condolences for the loss of your father. your posts in recent times have been full of wisdom and compassion. thankyou so much for sharing all that you do with us.
    sending love and gratitude to you and your family

  12. Joseph McEleavy says:

    Howard: you do not cry alone for the hole in your life. If I can do anything to ease your pain contact me, I’ll crawl to your door if I have to!
    You are a rock for me and all the others who found HOPE in your words of Faith..
    Ohayō Sensei

  13. Bhavna shah says:

    dear howard,
    my family sends you condolences. we all are with you and sally in this time of your sad loss.

  14. Dear Howard

    So much love pouring through the ether for you…for us all….and how very beautiful (and important) your invitation that we extend a little love and compassion to ourselves. As we practice such love we become more loving human beings … it is so much easier to serve life when one’s heart is full. Thank you, dear soul.

  15. Jane says:

    Ah! Blessings Howard! You are such a bright light illuminating my life! Blessings.

  16. Betty Hansen says:

    My condolence for your lost, your father has a special son who lives what he teaches. Your words of wisdom gives me strength to keep working on recovery and to endure, thank you.

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