Here we are with 10 days left in my 30-day November to Remember, No Excuses November, Challenge 2014. I have heard from so many of you, and this is fantastic! You are doing GREAT! Today, I want to focus on gratitude, acceptance, and surrender.
During my recovery, I learned gratitude. Ultimately, near the end, I gave gratitude every day for being alive, as life was a precious gift. That is right, I gave gratitude for being alive, even in a Parkinson’s body. I became engrossed with deeply living my life and paying as little attention to the Parkinson’s as possible. I continue my gratitude practice daily, each day fully remembering how precious and fragile are our lives.
Yesterday, I was driving in the car with Sally as my passenger when a person ran a light, hit the front driver’s side of our car, and obliterated our car. When our car came to a stop, smashed against the curb a few feet from going head-on into a utility pole, Sally and I gave gratitude for being alive and being conscious.
Although banged and bruised, I was able to get out of the car on my own. My precious Sally was not so fortunate. She is the strongest, bravest person I know, so when I asked how she was and she said she did not know, it was difficult for me to find the strength to be strong for her. All those months of Sally being strong for me in my Parkinson’s recovery, I needed to be strong for her yesterday.
As the paramedics were tending to Sally, they wanted me out of the way. I called for reinforcement, our dear friend Mary. We are grateful for Mary. She dropped her life and was at the scene within minutes. She helped me empty the car, and she provided me with good advice about the day. I went to Sally and explained that as brave as she was, she needed to get in an ambulance and go to the hospital. I would ride with Mary. We are grateful for Mary.
The day ended with me banged and bruised, and nothing more serious than that. Sally was banged up, had bruised ribs, and she had a broken bone in her foot and could not walk without crutches. Our friend Mary really rose to the occasion…thank you, Mary; we are grateful.
At the end of our evening yesterday, Sally and I gave a lot a gratitude for how things turned out. Things could have been worse, but they were not. We are grateful. We will be okay.
We accept that this accident happened, and we surrender that not only did we have no control over it, but also, that the Universe does not owe us an explanation for why it happened.
Yesterday was a not-so-subtle reminder of how precious and fragile life is. Lesson learned. Lesson re-learned.
I implore you to live your life to the fullest, practice abundant gratitude, and be willing to accept what life offers while surrendering that the Universe owes you no explanation for what may come into your life.
There are 10 days left in the November challenge. Make then your best!
Okay, everybody, put big smiles on your faces and chant together so the whole world can hear:
“Parkinson’s is curable.
I am my own Parkinson’s cure.
I am halting, slowing, and reversing the progression of my Parkinson’s.
I am extraordinary.
I am recovery.
I am doing great!
AND, I AM WORTH IT!!!”
All my best,