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 by doing the Recipe every day and receive your recovery exactly how you want it. Keep your faith strong and KNOW that you are worthy and deserving of your full recovery.
What is on my menu? Click here to see some of the food that Sally cooks for us at home. There are pictures and recipes.
What is on your menu? Full Recovery from Parkinson’s! May I take you order?
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Over here in Holland, the kitchen is overcooked now at the time. Some days to go when the heat outside will go down .
Yeah, when I go to a restaurant I like to chat amicably with my wife and friends. I also make it my practice to joke with the waiters and treat them well – it all makes for a more pleasurable experience. IF I HAVE TO EAT ANYWAY, why not make a good time of it!
I can see how this applies to the Parkinson’s recovery as well. Of course this means I also need to treat Howard well. Fortunately, Howard is a pleasant fellow who is fun to treat with loving consideration.
In gratitude for Howard’s virtual Parkinson’s Recovery restaurant,
Thank you, Howard! Such an encouraging statement: “Keep your faith strong and KNOW that you are worthy and deserving of your full recovery.”
Sharon in North Carolina
Love this image and scenario. Especially asking for what we want. That has been a powerful shift for me. Here’s to all of us relaxed and enjoying life while our recovery is being prepared in the kitchen.
Love, Anne, Portland, Oregon USA
I like the analogy of the restaurant menu with that of the Recovery Recipe.
As the full recovery is on the “menu”, I will keep ordering it by doing the Recipe every day!
Yes please. I will keep ordering too “Recovery over easy!!!!”
I know what I can do while I’m waiting, I’ll peruse Sally’s beautiful dishes that make me feel healthy just looking at them….. and what’s even better, the recipes I have made taste as good as they look! Yumm.
Thank you Sally and Howard
Love to all xoxox
Respected Howard sir,
You always come up with new examples. Last time you made us play positive thinking game, and made us travel by tortoise cart to the recoveryville. This time you made us sit in à restaurant for the most wanted dish recovery. The serviceman is on the way with the dish. I choose to pray God to get my most desired dish in it’s pure form.
Faith. That’s a good message for me here. I understand faith to be trusted belief. Relaxing and enjoying the wait will demonstrate trusted belief (faith) that my full recovery meal is coming. I’m certainly enjoying the whiffs of that full recovery meal that I get from the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery Kitchen. I will relax and believe all the more now or should I say I will believe all the more in relaxation. I don’t know if I’ve ever really known how to relax. It seems to involve trusting (having faith) and letting go of my efforts to control.
Thank you Howard for having such faith in us. It is rubbing off. I am letting go…
My compliments to the chef on the Recipe, in faith that it has all the ingredients we need. Unfortunately, I am that diner drumming their fingers on the table or even dashing the crockery off it! I need to be more Howard.
Dear Howard, what a good idea, your fantasy is unique, thank you!! We just ordered the menu 🍷🍰☕ and are starting to enjoy the time till the perfect recovery menu is arriving🤗
Thank you Howard, for the “pep” talk. It’s good to have people on this blog cheering each other on and sharing their experiences. Have a great day everyone!~Andy
“If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed…nothing will be impossible to you”. -Mt 17:20