Fighting Parkinson’s, and “I’m looking forward to….” Final Part

In my last two blog posts, we discussed the introductory phrase, “I am looking forward to” as a way to move forward in a positive manner, and then taking action to bring to fruition what it is that you are looking forward to occurring in your life. Today, we add in the final part, gratitude.

Here we go. The Final Part — Gratitude.

The mind wants to judge how well you are doing something, and generally, it will tell you that whatever you are doing, it is not as good as you used to do it. That way of thinking is living in the past and is useless and detrimental in your recovery.

Gratitude opens the heart and soul. It says, “Thank you for what I am doing in the moment. I am grateful for each and every thing I can do.” There is no judgment, just gratitude. That way of feeling is useful and healing in your recovery.

Faith. “I am looking forward to walking well.”
Action. Practice walking every day.
Gratitude. “Thank you that I am walking.”

Faith. “I am looking forward to getting up from a chair easily.”
Action. Practice getting up from a chair every day.
Gratitude. “Thank you that I am getting up from a chair.”

Faith. “I am looking forward to eating with a utensil easily.”
Action. Practice eating with a utensil every day.
Gratitude. “Thank you that I am eating with a utensil.”

Faith. “I am looking forward to my full recovery from Parkinson’s.”
Action. Practice the soul, mind, and body parts of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® every day.
Gratitude. “Thank you that I am doing the Recipe and bringing to fruition the full recovery from Parkinson’s that already resides within me.”

That’s it. Thank you to all of you! I am grateful for your efforts.

You can do this!


All my best,


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12 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and “I’m looking forward to….” Final Part

  1. Rick says:

    I’m very grateful for Howards positive weekly blogs and his website. I’m sure we all feel that that way. I hadn’t ridden my mountain bike to the marina in while, but the last 2 days I jumped on the bike and I said to myself don’t let Parkinson’s run my life (just do it) and to my surprise I rode very well, even jumping up onto road curb, that I haven’t done in 2 years. Feeling grateful 😀😀😀😀

    • Margaret says:

      Good for you Rick! There is such a freedom in riding a bike!! You’ve just inspired me to take mine out this afternoon, it’s a beautiful sunny day here with a nice breeze. Ride on!!!!!
      Great post Howard thank you!
      Love to you, Howard and Sally, and all my fellow travelers!

  2. Wendy says:

    I am looking forward to writing with a steady hand. I started a counter book where I write for 15 min every day. I am thankful that my writing will be retrained even as my touch typing has been retrained from daily practice.

  3. Sakina K says:

    Good morning Mr Howard. Thank you so much for your inspiring blogs. Whenever I feel down or need encouragement, I always read your blogs and they make me feel so much better. Thank you so much . 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  4. Rainer in Germany says:

    I am looking forward to being able to caress my cat with my hand as much as she needs to feel loved and not so forlorn in the house as she unfortunately does often at present. Until I will be able to use my hands normally, I caress the cat with words, and I ask every helper who comes to me in the evening to caress the cat abundantly, which makes all of us feel good. I am grateful that there is a way to show love to the cat and that I do it every day.
    Thank you Howard! Wishing all of us to feel and express the deep love we are all inside.

  5. Tery and Werni says:

    Dear Howard, again…..thank you so much!!
    Even after 13 years we are blessed to have you, as there are people
    with heavy medications and less years of PD who are suffering harder….
    The “looking forward” and “thank you” helps again to look forward :-)!!
    A helper told us, that the first time she saw Werni she thought there must
    be an error in the diagnosis…..oh my, dear Howard, that’s your effort for us, THANKS!!

  6. Heather says:

    Thank you, dear Howard, for your always helpful and hopeful posts, I have a huge problem with gratitude, I know that I need it, every day, and I will give thanks for being able to do the things that I can do, without looking back!

  7. John says:

    Thank you, Howard for your uplifting message and positive vibe.
    I’m looking forward to Dancing again. I practice walking and stepping every day.
    I’m grateful that I can still walk and move my body – YES!

  8. Rabindar says:

    Thank you Howard for your weekly positive encouragement and support you give us. We are worth the effort we put in our recovery and grateful for the confidence you have in our recovery.
    God Bless 🙏

  9. Colette says:

    Thank you so much Howard for your posts on “Looking forward to” and the gratitude because I can attach it to something coming up. I am looking forward to a nice handwriting when I write cards, to a normal pace when I walk, to a strengthening of my right side, to easily turn in my bed and gratitude is just part of my daily routine.
    Thank you for your steady encouragement and guidance Howard. It is greatly appreciated.
    Many Blessings to you Howard and all the Parkinson’s warriors.

  10. Mary D says:

    Whenever I feel negative thoughts, I think of Howard’s positivity & HOPE re-appears.Thank you H.

  11. Chris M says:

    Thanks to Howard and the whole gang for the uplifting posts. I find them very helpful!

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