Fighting Parkinson’s, and life is full of surprises

It has been an interesting week of technology surprises. As a result, I felt it was a good opportunity to share what has happened and to apply our acceptance, surrender, gratitude principles.

A couple of days ago some of you emailed me that the menu slider on the mobile version of my website was not working. Surprise.

I looked at the mobile version of my website on my phone and clicked the three dashes at the top left of the screen, and the menu slider did not open and show the menu. Surprise.

I logged into the mobile version of my website, and the menu slider option no longer existed. Surprise. (A couple of days earlier, the mobile version company had updated their software).

I installed a different theme (the way the mobile version appears on your screen) to see if I could configure it to allow access to the menu. The menu slider did not work on that theme either. Surprise.

I found a theme called “Simple.” Surprise.

I installed “Simple” and “Simple’s” home screen is the menu screen to the mobile version of my website. However, if you are on a page and need to get to the menu, you do not click the drop-down arrow, but instead, you click “Fighting Parkinson’s Dr…” at the top of your screen. Surprise.

If you are reading this blog post on an iPhone or Smart Phone, it looks different than ever it has looked before. Surprise.

If you reading this blog post on an iPad or tablet and never have viewed my website on a computer or laptop, you probably are looking at this blog post on the desktop version of my website because “Simple” does not support iPad or tablet viewing. Surprise.

If you are reading this blog post on a computer or laptop, nothing has changed for you. No Surprise. (Hope you do not feel left out).

At some point, all of this may change again because the world and technology are constantly changing, as are we. No Surprise.

Okay, here we go:

Acceptance. I accept that these things happen, and I accept that I have no control over them.

Surrender. God does not owe me an explanation why this happened.

Gratitude. I am grateful for my life, so I am grateful for what arrives in my life.

Opportunity. Thank you, God, for the opportunity to say “okay” many times over the last few days as I have navigated through technology issues and reached the best possible solution I could find under the circumstances.

Life is full of surprises. Surprises present opportunities. Opportunities present solutions.

You received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. Surprise.

That surprise presented you an opportunity to bring your life back into balance.

That opportunity presented you the solution of doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and being on your journey toward full recovery from Parkinson’s.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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11 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and life is full of surprises

  1. Sally H. says:

    Life and the challenges that come our way! Thanks for seeing the blessing in the challenge. It inspires us all!

    Bless you,
    Sally H.

  2. Sharon says:

    Thank you, Howard, for the positive response to these technology issues.
    Sharon in North Carolina

  3. Tery and Werni says:

    Dear Howard
    Thank you Howard, you are not a surprise as you learnt your lesson…and we have to follow your great example!!! Thanks for reminding us, that we accept what life has to offer us!

  4. Chris Meyer says:

    Ahhhh!!! I think I’m having a flashback…

    – Chris, recovering retired techno-geek.

    PS: Unsuccessfully submitted from really old iPad, NO SURPRISE!
    Successfully submitted from Fedora Linux desktop, PLEASANT MILD SURPRISE! (So may work on Android phone)

  5. Anne says:

    Great example of using the recipe. I love transforming surprise from something to avoid or reject to welcoming it as another gift from the universe.
    Anne, on the way to knowing that things will work out fine, even computer issues.

  6. Bob W says:

    Ok. I think I’m getting this…
    I accept that Parkinson’s happens to people and that it happened to me. Surprise!
    God doesn’t owe me an explanation. In fact I needed to get my life back in balance. This is a wake up call. I must need this!
    I’m grateful for finding Howard and for the opportunity to get my life back in balance. The recipe is proven. I can follow the recipe. I am doing this! I am worth it!
    Thank you God. Thank you Howard. Thank you fellow fighters who share your encouragement in this journey.
    Slow and steady wins this race…

    • Chris Meyer says:

      Sounds like you are making great progress, Bob. I’m always amazed at how many wise people show up on this blog! 😅

  7. Rabindar says:

    Technology is full of Surprises!
    We have to accept these changes as we have to accept what we are currently facing in our lives, God’s Will.
    Fortunately we do not have to use Technology for the Recipe for Recovery®

  8. Rosa says:

    Thank you so much, Howard.
    I’m not tech savvy and thought I was the only one having an issue. My husband tried persuading me to email and ask you why I could not access the blog, but I didn’t want to overburden you. So grateful you took the time and effort to put us at ease. One less thing to worry about.

  9. Ola Stasiak-Brough says:

    Thank you Howard! No, I do not feel left out lol!! Beautiful illustration of PD mind recovery. I am learning to say “okay and I am grateful” no matter what!

    Much love,
    Ola

  10. Karen says:

    I love this blog. Acceptance, gratitude, surrender, relax, opportunity and silver linings are all my new buzz words. I love having the opportunity to rebalance my life and find my new norm. Lots of beautiful surprises are showing up! Karen from Wisconsin

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