A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in a post, “Transform anger and frustration into acceptance. Transform fear and worry into faith. Transform stress and anxiety into calmness and compassion. Transform your half empty glass into gratitude that your glass is half full.” Today, we will look at your half-full glass and give gratitude!
The glass half empty or glass half full viewpoint is the battle between your adrenaline-driven mind and your dopamine-producing heart. It looks like this.
You are angry and frustrated by your symptoms.
You are frustrated that you cannot walk fast enough.
You are anxious that your movement is not fluid enough.
You are fearful that your symptoms are not improving fast enough.
You view your Parkinson’s situation as “nothing being good enough.”
You see your life and your Parkinson’s as a half empty glass.
You realize you are not your symptoms. You accept you just as you are.
You are grateful for the ability to walk, and you do not judge yourself based upon speed.
You are grateful you can move, and you do not judge yourself based upon fluidity.
You are accepting that no matter what your symptoms look like, you are getting better every day, and you are grateful for the opportunity to cure yourself from what is generally considered and incurable disease.
You view your Parkinson’s situation with compassion, for yourself, and for others.
You see your life and your Parkinson’s as a half full glass.
The adrenaline-driven mind assisted you in getting Parkinson’s. Staying in that adrenaline-mind-mode keeps you from getting better. If you look at the adrenaline-driven mind examples above, they are judgments and self-criticisms…whatever is going on, it is never good enough, or fast enough, or fluid enough…Enough! Stop judging yourself. Accept yourself, accept your life, and be grateful.
Whether you see your glass half empty or half full is a choice. Same events, different choice.
The day I realized what a true gift it was to be alive and a human being was the day I never looked back. I gave gratitude every day for this gift of life, even life in a Parkinson’s body. Life has bumps. Parkinson’s is a bump. Life has imbalances. Parkinson’s is an imbalance.
It is time to find the silver lining in every cloud. It is time to accept what Parkinson’s is dishing out and give gratitude for the opportunity to cure yourself. It is time to look at every situation with a dopamine-producing heart and a glass half full. This is how you get over the bumps. This is how you correct the imbalances.
Repeating the behaviors and mind-sets that were in place when you got Parkinson’s only assists you in continuing to have Parkinson’s. Make a change. Accept what is going on and find something positive to say about it.
I was having this discussion on a Skype recently, and the person told me her daughter had something profound to say on the subject: Whether your glass is half empty or half full, do not lose sight of the fact that you have a glass…and be grateful!
Fill your glass, your life, with dopamine-producing heart-felt emotions: love, joy, happiness, gratitude, contentment, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, and surrender. Be grateful for yourself, how hard you work on your life and your recovery.
And smile…yes, your glass is half full…why not make it overflow!!!
You can do this.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,