Beauty among the Struggles

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This thought was taken from a site with a goal of Marriage strengthening… But I loved the sentiment and thought it definitely applies to many of the varied struggles associated with Parkinson’s.

Perhaps you can help me build a list of Beautiful side effects of a trial: What follows are quotes I have taken from other posts on community chats: [I’ll include additional posts on beautiful side effects, because I don’t want to make the read too long.]

…………………………… Take every opportunity to do things that you want to accomplish now. I have traveled more and experienced more since my Parkinson’s diagnosis than before.

…………………………… As you can see I live with hope; having found a silver lining of sorts in my diagnosis. I have been given a ticket off the stress track of teaching and performing and now I nurture other talents the Lord has given to me. Through all of this, I have met so many wonderful and caring people

…………………………… We are pushed to make decisions………. Now, I want you to think about this – you can’t stay in Monopoly jail forever; by your 3rd turn, you must roll a double, pay £50, or use a “get out of jail” card. It’s one of those 3 options or you lose the game and forfeit all you’ve worked hard for. Similar rules apply in this game called life – we can’t remain within the confinements of anxiety, bitterness, jealousy, hurt, anger, fear, denial, betrayal, self pity… and expect to win. We will lose. A time must come, dare I say the time is now, when we must make the decision to exit whatever prison we find (or have put) ourselves in. That decision could take on different forms – it could be accepting that apology you never truly received and moving on from past hurts, it could be swallowing your pride and making that phone call, speaking out loud or remaining quiet, starting a new venture or ending an old one.

……………………………..Regarding Rock Steady Boxing……….. Most people in our class have never boxed before (non contact boxing by the way – hitting a bag, never a person!) There are people who come in with walkers, on riding scooters, even wheelchairs. Exercises are modified individually to each participant. The coaches are wonderful and the camaraderie with others who have PD is life changing.

………………………….. We become less vain. …..”Today I went over an invisible border. A week ago I made an inner decision: everyone can now see my tremor”. ………………………….. . Solving the puzzle. Worry about others, more than we worry about what people think of us

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…………………………………… If I had taken the diagnosis of PD for face value and approached it as something that was outside of my control, I would have never hopped back in the driver’s seat of my life

………………………………….. We are enabled to connect the dots….. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson