Okay, I like to eat. So, here you are: You go out to a restaurant, you open the menu, you decide what you want to eat, and you place your order. Simple enough? Yes. And what does this have to do with your Parkinson’s recovery? Everything!
After you place your order and hand the menu back to the server, you have to let go of control of the preparation of your meal, how long it will take to prepare, and how it will be presented to you at your table. You have to have faith that it all will turn out exactly how you want it. This is the same way you proceed forward in your recovery doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®.
When you do the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the Recipe, you then need to let go of control of how the recovery will occur, how it will feel while the recovery is occurring, and how long it will take to occur. However, just like in the restaurant, you have complete faith that eventually your meal, your full recovery, will be exactly how you want it.
How your time is spent between the placing of your order for your meal and its arrival at your table is a choice. You can choose to stare at the kitchen door, and you can choose to keep looking at your watch, and you can choose to call over the server and repeatedly ask how long will it be for your meal to arrive…OR…you can choose to engage in conversation with your companions, and you can choose relax because somebody else is preparing your meal, and you can choose to look around and enjoy the decor of the restaurant. These all are choices.
Same with the Recipe. You can choose to live in uncomfortableness of your Parkinson’s symptoms and be impatient about your recovery…OR…you can choose to accept that you have done the Recipe, that your best is good enough, that your soul, mind, and body are healing you, and you can choose to engage in conversation with your companions, choose to relax because you know you have done your part in your recovery, and you can choose to look around and enjoy the enjoy the sights and sounds of life. Faith in your path and faith in your full recovery make these positive choices easier.
BUT, what if your meal is served to you and it is cold instead of hot or it is not what you envisioned it would be? You send it back to the kitchen with an explanation to the server of what you want. Why do you do this? Because you realize that you are worthy and deserving of getting your meal exactly how you want it. And as a result of this, you are not afraid of insulting the server, the chef, or the kitchen staff.
You place yourself in a position of vulnerability because you open up your heart and say, “This is not what I want, and I would ask that you please have this prepared the way I want it.” And you have faith that eventually you will get exactly what you want.
Each day you do the Recipe is just like that. Each morning when you wake up, if the Parkinson’s is still there, you place yourself in a position of vulnerability because you open up your heart and say, “This is not what I want, and I am going to place my order again (do the soul, mind, and body aspects of the Recipe) so that I can get what I want (bringing life back into balance, full recovery, cure).” And you have faith that eventually you will get exactly what you want.
So, my friends, your full recovery is on the menu. Keep ordering it and keep sending it back until it is exactly how you want it. Keep your faith strong and KNOW that you are worthy and deserving of your full recovery.
What is on the menu? Full Recovery from Parkinson’s! May I take you order?
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
So far the meal has been surpassing my expectation
I stay with this restaurant
I am worth it
My menu keeps getting better as I feel the tremors subsiding, my head is clearing and I’m seeing in full color now! Recovery is around the corner I feel it in my heart, head, soul and very mildly tremoring hand. It’s happening and your words of encouragement and experience helped me keep the faith when the tremors were bad. Thank you for sharing your recovery! Namaste
Go Debs! Delighted for you! 🙂 xx
I’ll have a Parkinson’s recovery and some tea with lemon please
Great wisdom absolutely amazing the correlation is so truthful So grateful to you Mr
What an wonderful analogy Howard! I really love it! If only I could get my body to relax. Sigh.
Beautiful analogy. Keeping it positive and confident! I love it. Hangin’ in there and working the recipe. Wish I could be in Portland :).
A brilliant and really helpful analogy, Howard. Thank you.
I hope your move is going well.
I’ll have what Tony’s having, please!
Hi Howard, you’re so amazing with analogies! 🙂
Thank you for asking, I would like a ginormous serving of dopamine which would cause my heart to soar! I’m dying to feel that feeling you talk about when you truly deeply connect with your soul, that will be dessert for the rest of my life sorted. 🙂
Big Love to all.
great to see you posting again, my friend, woooooo hoooooooooo!
Thanks Howard great analogy. I feel this is a great part in any healing to still enjoy life. It keeps one in the present more and up! Contributing to life of others too. Whether thru a smile , laugh or listening and caring. All gets one out of one’s dramas or sadness. Love n laugh good movies people what ever you enjoy and faith in God and recovery. Or great spirit. Love to all Helen Australia xxxx
I give great thanks that I have you in my life, Howard!!!!
Rock On, my fellow Warriors!
What an awesome analogy! It keeps me going.
Thank you so much Howard.
Thanks Howard for the great analogy. It helps me going.
Hi Helen Australia, could you please tell me did you have stiff wrists and fingers before recovery? and how long please? Thanks Helen.
I have the same symptoms still wrists and fingers along with lower back pain. Would like to know if others have similar symptoms and if it is natural that is expected before recovery 🙂
Melanie….hi!….I was diagnosed 6+ yrs ago and have yet to have wrist and finger pain….I have had a fair amount of back pain, which seems to have subsided for the moment….I think we all experience differently….I’ve learned to expect the unexpected….I just keep plugging away, not putting much stock in my symptoms one way or the other…they will do what they are going to do!…hope that helps….
Melanie, judy y todos mis compañeros, tengo rigidez muñecas y dedos de la mano derecha e izquierda mis dedos tambien estan deformandose, dolor y rigidez espalda y cuello, debiilidad en todo el sistema muscular ………espero ayude a ustedes
Melanie, judy and all my colleagues, my wrists and fingers stiff right hand and left my fingers are also deform, back pain and neck stiffness and, debilitation of the whole muscular system ……… I hope to help you
Thanks Melanie for asking too. Thanks Judy and Jimmy for your replies. I have similar finger deform problem like Jimmy. I hope to hear from Helen and others healed from PD to tell us if this will go away, if they had it.
Brilliant analogy Howard! We agree 100%!!!!!!