As we enter the final day of my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge 2018, I am happy to have heard that many of you had very positive experiences, including when seeing family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is quite wonderful. So, you wonder, what’s next?
To read “what’s next,” you will have to come back to this website and blog tomorrow. Do not ask yourself “what’s next?” Ask yourself, “what’s now?” You see, there is still today, one more day to finish the challenge. You made a commitment to do the scaled-down version of the Recipe for 30 days, and today is day 30.
What’s next is some future that does not exist in the present. What’s next is worrying about Christmas and New Year’s and who you think you will see and who you think will judge you and whatever else you mind is telling you that pulls you away from the present moment in fear of what’s next.
What’s next is your Adrenaline-mode mind fearfully pulling you away from “what’s now,” in this moment, as if what you are doing now lacks significance. What you need to realize is that what is important in your life and your recovery is “what you are doing NOW!” What you are doing right now is what is real and genuine in your life RIGHT NOW!!!
If what you are doing now is the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, then what you are doing now is curing yourself from Parkinson’s Disease. That’s right. The Recipe is a cure for Parkinson’s. So, if you are doing the Recipe, you are being your own cure for Parkinson’s right now. Good for you!
If what you are doing now is still thinking about whether or not to accept the 30-day challenge issued 29 days ago, then what you are doing now is thinking instead of doing. What you are doing now is engaging in the same Adrenaline-mode mind thinking and over-thinking that assisted your Parkinson’s symptoms in coming to the surface as diagnosable symptoms in the first place…ultimately, this leads to you getting worse.
However, one of the beautiful things about life is that you can decide to make a different choice at any given moment. Any given person at any given moment can say, “I now choose to make a different choice. I now choose to cure myself from Parkinson’s Disease!”
Why not be that given person? Why not make that day today? Why not say, “I accept the challenge. Today, I choose to accept the challenge to do the scaled-down version of the Recipe for one day. That’s right, one day! I am making a commitment to myself to do the scaled-down version of the Recipe today!!!”
And, what about tomorrow? We’ll talk about that tomorrow. See you then.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
NOTE: Thank you to all of you who have ordered my book Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning. It has been out for a year now and I have heard from many of you who have read the book. As a reminder, Amazon ranks books based upon purchases and reviews. Once you have read the book, I would ask that you go to the Amazon page that contains my book, rate the book and give it a review. Also, this will assist others in deciding whether or not they wish to order a book. Click here to go to the Amazon book page, where you can read the wonderful reviews that already have been posted as well as posting a review yourself. I am grateful for those who have posted the 45 reviews thus far. Please remember, the more reviews, the more opportunity we have to change the current view of Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s recovery. Together, let’s change the world’s view of Parkinson’s and spread the message of hope.
Thank you, Howard. I look forward to these blog posts each week. All of us who have or are recovering from Parkinson’s know that regular encouraging thoughts are greatly needed in the daily battle.
Courage, Faith and Love to all.
Dearest Howard – what a great blog – I joined the family in August, and know how hard it is to keep the faith – but you are living proof of what can be achieved , and continually inspire us to keep going – just like the tortoise did against the hare , and eventually won. Faith and love to everyone, Jan
Jan – Thanks for coming on board in August. You have a great attitude that helps us all. – Chris
Very nice job of encouraging us to keep on keeping on. Thank you.
What this means to me is: it’s ok to take the time to do the recipe; it’s ok to clean out and let go of the cob webs of worry and despair; it’s ok for me to constantly fill my heart with happiness, love and joy so that there is no room for anxiety to sneak back in.
It’s ok because it’s what I’m supposed to be doing right NOW and every NOW.
And the best part is, this not only helps me, but each day I impove, I am able to make a better gift of myself to my family, friends and community.
Thank you again for helping me realize this.
Best regards and appreciation,
Chris in Wisconsin
Great post, Chris, so positive. I love it.
Love and gratitude,
And, of course, thanks to Howard for forming this community!
As always Howard thank you so much for all you do for us all
It really is so helpful and I feel blessed to have come across you
I am recommitting too do the recipe. Howard, thank you for the encouragement.
Thank you Howard and the community for the words of encouragement. It would be much harder without them. It rekindles the faith.
I joined this past November 11. Finding Howard is really a blessing.
Love to all.