Seven years ago, I began doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Of course, back then it did not have a name…it was just what I was doing. At the same time, I began keeping a hand-written Parkinson’s Daily Journal. It is time to share my journal with all of you. Here is my November 15, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.
“11/15/09. Up at 4. Very slow. Think it was cutting grass yesterday. Got to kitchen at 4:14. I believe that is my new world record for slowness.
I had a hard day today. Very slow, lots of pain. Very dizzy. I am going to blame it on cutting the grass yesterday and see how I feel tomorrow.”
It took me 10 minutes longer than on a pre-Parkinson’s morning to get to the kitchen. Ten minutes longer is not a big deal if you are on a lengthy adventure. However, this was 10 minutes longer in what had been a 4-minute adventure. It bothered me enough that I was keeping track of these time differences.
But, even with the slowness and the pain, I did not lose my good attitude, nor my faith, nor my ability to say, “I am going to blame it on cutting the grass yesterday and see how I feel tomorrow.”
This was a really important way of looking at things. Essentially, it was my way of not worrying about what was going on in the moment physically. I simply said, “and see how I feel tomorrow.” This was an easy way for me to force myself to stay in the moment and not worry about the future.
Staying in the moment keeps you in your heart. Staying in the moment keeps you in your dopamine flow. The past with self judgment and self-criticism and the future with fear and worry are nothing more than illusions of the mind…and they fuel adrenaline.
Click here for a reminder of staying in your heart.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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