Last week, I announced 2022 as the year of good days. Today we take the good days theme and expound on it.
Sometimes, a coaching call will have this conversation:
Them: “Howard, in the last week, I had four good days, two bad days, and one good day.”
Me: “Congratulations on the good days. That must feel nice. Please tell me what made the bad days designated as bad days.”
Them: “On the bad days, I was slower, stiffer, shakier, and my overall energy was low.”
Me: “Was the one good day at the end similar to the four good days at the beginning?”
Me: “Here is how I see it: During the four good days, your faith was good, your attitude was good, and you ability to earnestly do the physical part of the Recipe was good. As a result of the four good days digging deeper into the toxicity in your body, the two days that you call bad days were actually healing days. After your hard work and dedication to the Recipe unearthed a deeper level of toxicity, your body had to work very hard to filter and remove the toxins from your body. So, you actually had four good days, two great days, and one good day. Congratulations on this grand success.”
There are no bad days! If you want a comparison in this recovery, it is very simple: If you are doing the soul, mind, and body healing of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, then you are healing every day. Therefore, there are good days and there are healing days, which also are good days as they are necessary for your recovery.
Although the healing days may feel uncomfortable, they are healing days nonetheless. If anything “bad” was happening, then the good day at the end would not have returned.
Please take this concept deeply in your heart and soul. It will serve as salve to put on your healing days and help you understand that all the days are good days.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Love this analogy. Well done Howard!
Thank you for explaining that Howard as it comes at a good time ! Funny I only shake more in my left arm when someone wants to talk to me a bit longer than usual, so I’ve learnt not to ask too many questions without being rude but I’m ok over phone but that was not always the case as I’ve got better in that area!
Still going strong doing the full recipe plus a bit more . Love to everyone 😌😌😌😌
Thank you Howard for demonstrating how to turn a negative into a positive. I struggle on the more challenging days when I view them as bad because ego takes every chance it can to put me down. It thrives on negativity. I will now choose to see the bad as detoxing and hush that obnoxious voice.
Love and light to all.
“Although the healing days may feel uncomfortable, they are healing days nonetheless. If anything “bad” was happening, then the good day at the end would not have returned.”
This makes sense to me!
How come those toxins use to pop up at certain situations, such as job meetings ?
Hi Henrik. It is the stress and anxiety emotional toxins that arrive at the job meetings and make symptoms worse. Blessings, Howard
Such a beautiful, logical and encouraging explanation coming at a time when I am feeling
disheartened….very bad day today.
Thank you for always being there for all of us.
Love to all
What a great explanation, when you analyze these “bad” things, then it changes mostly to “good ones”, and really it makes sense, thank you dear Howard for all your thinking and supporting!!!
How is it that a bad day can put you back three squares and a good one make you advance just one? If I allow this to happen, then this silly old tortoise will never make it to the finish line. I’ve no doubt, Howard, that your way of seeing things facilitated your recovery. It makes sense what you say about the toxins; it’s just that when there’s so much at stake, a temporary increase in symptoms can seem like a terminal blow. But as I’ve committed to a year of good days, I’m not going to let Parkinson’s write the script for me in 2022. I had a good time conversing on your last blog – enjoyed the comments from everyone, thanks.
Don’t get stuck in the symptoms. I remind myself daily and focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do. I was so caught up in fear of becoming paralyzed that I almost died, I couldn’t wipe my bottom, I couldn’t feed myself, I ended up in hospice not being able to stand. Then I finally surrendered let go of the fear and a miracle happened. I started to heal! I’m still healing now and have very many healing days. I can stand and walk again, I can feed myself, I can wipe my own bottom, I’m now gardening and growing my own vegetables. It is a miracle, thank you Howard
Louisa thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration. Without a doubt you really had a dark night of the soul ( I was going to say you really reached rock bottom, but didn’t want you to think I was teasing you 😊)
It is amazing how powerful “ fear “ was, that it literally brought your body to a complete shutdown. To have hit that low and come back from there is truly miraculous. You should be so proud of your self and your achievement.
You have made the cake, the icing will be when you reach full recovery, which I have no doubt that you will achieve by that great spirit of yours, that has brought you back to the path of recovery. Wonderful post! God in motion. xx
Thank you Karen, your appreciation brought tears to my eyes.
Louisa from New Zealand
This is awesome! Bless you, Louisa.
Thank you Val, the love of God goes along way.
Louisa from New Zealand
Louisa, thank you for the most inspirational posting.
Fear is such a powerful negative force
and surrender is the antidote, this is what
I am working on right now. Thank you for illustrating this so beautifully!
Love and blessings, Chris
Thank you for the explanation for the good days and healing days.
That is what I have been going through in last few months. During the good days I feel I am recovering and then the next day I am brought down to earth with stiffness and slowness. Is it Parkinson’s FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) playing its part?
Rabindar, according to the program we all subscribe to by being on the blog, I’d say most definitely yes, fear plays a big role. And it cannot be dismissed logically, but it must be dismissed, shown the door and kicked through the goal posts of life! I am still working on this one myself!
Love and blessings, Chris
Thank you so much for your wonderful reframing of bad days.
My symptoms getting worse is the biggest mental challenge I face.
I seem to have a pattern of being able to manage through all your processes to create a certain amount of improvement and then when I get to a place internally where I’m happier, more joyful and at peace, it’s then that thing’s get worse. It’s as if I have this reactive internal fightback that’s triggered at a certain level of happiness, like happier than I’ve ever been before. Something inside me is having trouble coping with so much happiness and ease.
Does anyone else experience anything like this?
Hi Julie, I think we all tend to feel, as Val has said in one of her posts, like a yo-yo because this disease causes so many extreme emotions on any given day. I feel that when our brains, God love them, release some dopamine, we feel euphoric as it has been so long since we have had a healthy steady flow of that joyous neurotransmitter. You are obviously progressing more than you realise, if you are feeling great happiness when you are doing the recipe, and it being deeper happiness and peace than you have ever felt is wonderful. Your mind has been in charge for so long that it is not happy that your heart is taking the reigns. So for a while, it will throw its dolls out of the pram by trying to marinate you in thoughts that are NOT of your heart, like doubt, fear, anxiety, in its attempts for it to continue running the show. As long as you keep doing what you are doing and trust in your heart, the mind will get quieter in time, when it realises you aren’t listening any more. While it is happening, just be aware of it and recognise it and just let those thoughts go. It takes practice and discipline my friend, but you’re in good company as we all have to do the same, each and every day on our journey to freedom. I hope this helps in some way. If not, blame Howard lol because I learned it all from his posts, just in my words. Lol. xx
Thank you so much Karen. I so appreciate your own wonderful interpretation of Howard. Onward and upward for us all! xxxx
I was diagnosed just 3 weeks ago. Still a bit in shock. I am however encouraged by the thoughtful and compassionate listening I see here – and, of course, Howard’s guidance. Love to all my fellow travelers.
Welcome aboard, Hugh, and prepare yourself for one heck of a ride!
Love and blessings, Chris