Fighting Parkinson’s, and hope…faith…action!

I will be the first one to acknowledge that fighting Parkinson’s requires a lot of hope and a lot of faith. However, I also will be the first one to tell you that no matter how much hope and faith you have in your recovery, hope and faith without action are meaningless in Parkinson’s recovery.

Think about this:

  1. If you hope to pass a test in a subject where you have no previous knowledge and you have faith in yourself, but you never study and learn the material, what is your chance of success?
  2. If you stand at the Par 3 tee and hope for a hole-in-one and have faith in your ability to make a hole-in-one, but you do not swing the club, what is your chance of success?
  3. If you hope for a bullseye and have faith in your ability to make a bullseye, but you do not take the arrow out of the quiver, place it in the bow, pull it back, aim and let go, what is your chance of success?

You need action to bring your hope and faith to fruition.

Think about this:

  1. If you hope to pass a test in a subject where you have no previous knowledge and you have faith in yourself, and you study for 5 minutes, what is your chance of success?
  2. If you stand at the Par 3 tee and hope for a hole-in-one and have faith in your ability to make a hole-in-one, and it is the first time you have hit a golf ball, and you hit only 1 ball, what is your chance of success?
  3. If you hope for a bullseye and have faith in your ability to make a bullseye, and you take the arrow out of the quiver, place it in the bow, pull it back, aim and let go 1 time, what is your chance of success?

You need action to bring your hope and faith to fruition.

Think about this:

  1. If you hope to pass a test in a subject where you have no previous knowledge and you have faith in yourself, and you study every day for one hour for a few months leading up to the test, what is your chance of success?
  2. If you stand at the Par 3 tee and hope for a hole-in-one and have faith in your ability to make a hole-in-one, and you have taken golf lessons and hit an hour’s worth of balls from that tee to that hole every day for a few months, what is your chance of success?
  3. If you hope for a bullseye and have faith in your ability to make a bullseye, and you take the arrow out of the quiver, place it in the bow, pull it back, aim and let go after practicing an hour a day for a few months, what is your chance of success?

You need action to bring your hope and faith to fruition…continuing, repetitive action.

Action is success, in and of itself. The Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is soul, mind, and body action. Doing the Recipe is success in your recovery journey just in the doing.

As Shunryu Suzuki says in Not Always So, a bullseye is the result of 99 misses. Hope and faith are the things that get you coming back day after day after day and doing the same thing, which increases your hope and faith that you will be successful, which increases the vigor with which you perform your actions.

The saying from Dan Millman that sat next to my computer screen for years said, “We can control efforts, not outcomes.” I agree with this. However, I have found that although I may not be able to “control” the outcome, the more I stay focused on positive efforts and the more I repeat them with the hope and the faith of a desired outcome, the more likely I am to be successful with the desired outcome.

I knew I would recover from Parkinson’s, and every day I controlled my efforts. I had hope and I had faith, and they were the fuel that ignited my undying action and my passion to succeed by enjoying the journey on the way to my full recovery.

Repeat this phrase, “I have the power to heal myself.” Okay! Now, put it into action with your best efforts. Believe in yourself and your recovery.

Control your efforts. Grab onto the Recipe, and take action in your recovery. The success is in the doing.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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17 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and hope…faith…action!

  1. Debra says:

    A sincere Thank you.

  2. Liz says:

    Hi Howard, I totally agree with putting action to your faith. My body seems very inconsistent and its energy levels are up and down. Some days I feel like I’m walking through quicksand and when I do the recipe it is so difficult and then other days, it’s a breeze.Will this eventually level out to consistency?
    Thank you,
    Liz

  3. Rick says:

    Thanks Howard, yes I say this to myself each and every time I do the recovery! Yes I believe I will recover with action and being consistent. 2 weeks short of 5 months now doing the recipe! Exciting Blessings to everyone 😀😀😀😃 Rick

  4. Helen says:

    Thank you Howard for your continued inspiration.

  5. Jeff A says:

    Thank you Howard. It seems everything in life is putting in the time and effort to see results.

  6. Great points as alway, Howard. Thank you for your loving encouragement.

  7. Dianna S says:

    I don’t know what I would do without your support and encouragement Howard. It is almost uncanny you seem to know intuitively what we (at least me) are struggling with. A deep from my heart thank you.

    Respectfully,

    Dianna in Wyoming

  8. Ola says:

    Thanks Howard! I learned from our coaching sessions, that Parkinson’s doesn’t take a day off, nor do I! I also learned from you that I need to be relentless!

    I am reading your book again and the second time round I am finding your words very helpful and healing, this also helps to keep my hope and faith alive.

    I am accepting that I have Parkinson’s.
    I am accepting that I am special and worth it.

    I am denying that Parkinson’s is incurable.
    I am denying that I am not special and not worth it.

    Thank you for your teachings and guidance my dear Howard 💗

    Much love to All,

    Ola

  9. Rabindar says:

    Thank you Howard for the emphasis on Hope, Faith and Action.
    Believe in oneself is also important in the recovery process.

  10. Tery and Werni says:

    Dear Howard
    Thank you Howard, we all know that you are very right!!
    It helps us to continue towards recovery, yeah!!

  11. Kevin says:

    ‘Not sure about fellow warriors, but distractions are a challenge. During meditations I can become distracted from empyting my mind. During positive thoughts and affirmations I can become distracted with issues in my life or in our world. In the afternoon/evening I sometimes become distracted from doing The Recipe exercises with other activities.

    Thank you Howard for the encouragement and reminder that action is needed to heal myself.

  12. Roger says:

    Howard you continue to inspire. The concept that feeling worse (more fatigued) means I’m getting better, takes a lot of thought. And a lot of faith. But in chipping away at my internal iceberg that is my PD–I’m “getting it.” As you have written ‘nothing about the Recipe is easy.’ But I am getting it. Without the Recipe, I’d be groaning about strength exercises from physical therapy and waiting for someone to develop a pill. But with the Recipe? I’m on the road to a balanced me. I will win this battle. You have my deepest gratitude for showing me this road and inspiring me to continue.

  13. Dora says:

    Thank you for the encouragement. You are one in a million. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

  14. Bob says:

    Thank you Howard. I have the power to heal myself. One day at a time. One lesson at a time. The recipe is transformational. It melts the Parkinson’s worries away. It gives me my life back. Symptoms don’t matter. Thank you for life!

  15. Neville Saunders says:

    I really like the pool cleaning word picture. I get it. So, I have been re-reading the book, tidied up a few loose bits in my approach to the recipe, and back into it, refreshed.

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