I have posted in the past that when I had Parkinson’s and people asked me how I was doing, I would smile and say, “I am doing great!” Sally was listening to a Carole King song a couple of days ago and played a part for me while pointing out that it was sharing the exact same sentiment. How about that!
As I have explained, I was feeling love and joy in my heart, and the truthful answer was that I was feeling great. Also, it was the compassionate thing to do for me and for the others. I did not define me by my symptoms. I was me, my heart and soul. And, I was great!
Here is the part of the song:
“You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel”
Carole King is correct. When you feel the love in your heart and you express it with the smile on your face, not only will people treat you better, but you will learn something else that is absolutely magnificent: “That you’re beautiful as you feel.” Thank you, Carole King.
And, here is the entire song…enjoy:
Please know that you are not your Parkinson’s symptoms. You are so much more than that. People will treat you, in what they say and how they act, in the exact same way you treat yourself when you see them. You need to realize that you are beautiful and special just in the fact that you exist.
When deciding how you feel, do not examine your symptoms. When deciding how you feel, look deep inside and find the love and joy and compassion and gratitude in your heart. It feels great…and then you feel great…and then that great feeling turns into a smile.
Find the love in your heart, and show it to the world with the smile on your face. And, know this: “That you’re beautiful as you feel.”
You can do this.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,