On January 1st, I announced 2022 as the year of good days. Today we wind down the first month of 2022 by taking the good days theme and being grateful.
When I had Parkinson’s, being grateful for my life helped me to see that every day was a good day. The last section of my book, Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning, is entitled:
“And then I found gratitude, which helped me finish my full recovery.”
Here is an excerpt from that section to assist you in seeing that with gratitude practice, you too can see every day as a good day:
I started giving gratitude for my life. I realized what a gift it was to be alive. “Thank you God for another day of being alive, even in a Parkinson’s body. There is so much I can do with my soul inside a human body. I am grateful.”
And with that beginning to each day, I began working on spiritually bringing my life back into balance.
Each time I gave gratitude, it was an internal announcement that I was worthy and deserving of good things in life and that the good things in life could and would last. Why? Because I was worthy and deserving and abundantly grateful for them. I know this sounds like circular reasoning. It is circular reasoning. But, it worked!!!
The more grateful I became for my life and everything in it, the more accepting I became of everything in my life. “Okay” was my new way of living. For the first time in my life, I was completely accepting of my life as it was rolling out in front of me.
In my recovery, to help me keep a positive attitude, and because I knew it was true, I looked at everything that was happening with me physically as “necessary for my recovery.” I started taking that attitude into my daily life.
By accepting that whatever was happening in my life was necessary in my life journey, I was able to reduce stress and anxiety, reduce anger and frustration, reduce worry and fear. Instead of being afraid of life, I explored it, one small shuffle at a time, just like the tortoise from the children’s story, “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
There are things I could learn from the tortoise every day. In proceeding forward like the tortoise, slow and steady, I tended to see many beautiful things in life that I used to just walk by without noticing. This brought so much joy into my life that it opened my heart and my dopamine flow as I was working on my recovery.
It occurred to me that when I was moving like the tortoise, slowly and steadily, I also had more time to notice all of the subtle unpleasant changes that were happening to my body. However, my faith was strong so I did not worry about the unpleasant changes that were occurring.
Since my Parkinson’s body had limited energy, I had to trust it to know where I needed the healing the most. Some days that meant I walked a little slower, some days it meant I had more tremors, and some days it means I had a big headache.
Here is the new look at acceptance I decided to undertake:
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be walking slower, because if I wasn’t supposed to be walking slower, I would not be walking slower.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be tremoring more, because if I wasn’t supposed to be tremoring more, I would not be tremoring more.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a big headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a big headache, I would not have one.”
The power of “Okay. Apparently…” is representative of true acceptance of what the Universe was offering me. It defeated emotional stress, anger, frustration, resentment, and fear.
Instead of looking at something and getting upset, I would just say, “Okay. Apparently, that was supposed to happen” or “Okay. Apparently, I wasn’t supposed to be doing that.” The more I could look at unpleasant Parkinson’s circumstances and say, “Okay. Apparently…” the more calm I became and less angry and fearful I became as I continued my recovery.
The one thing I knew I needed to keep constant in my recovery was doing the physical, mental, and spiritual parts of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery every day.
As you can see, giving gratitude every day, and accepting that what was happening in my day was necessary in my life and my recovery, assisted me in seeing every day as a good day. It helped bring me back into balance and it helped me finish my recovery.
For the last 11.5 years Since my full recovery, I have continued living this way. I give gratitude every day for another day as a spiritual being having a human existence, I accept life as it rolls out in front of me, and I see every day as a good day. And I smile…a lot!
You can do this, too! I know you can!!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,