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Losing and Gaining Weight (8,313 Pounds)

On February 28, 2017, I watched all 8,313 pounds of our household belongings be loaded into seven crates.  This is an odd perspective, seeing everything we own (clothes, furniture, etc.) covered with a thick tarp being driven away.

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Sixty-three days later, on May 2nd, these belongings -now noted as 3,770 kilograms-  were delivered to our new house on the eastern coast of Sicily.

Gaining Weight

 

  • 8,313 pounds
  • 242 boxes
  • all fit into 7 crates

…That folks, that is just stuff.

 

  • 2 beautiful children
  • 1 intact family searching for adventure in this world

….These friends, these are gifts we’ve been given by life. It is our responsibility to remember to remain grateful and embrace the gifts life provides us.

 

We’ve started on a new adventure life offered our family this spring. There are still many challenges in my life, but I maintain an unwavering optimism to overcome these obstacles.

 

Stay tuned for my series of See Sicily With Me.

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Happy New Year 2017

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From a Ripple to a Wave

This week visitors from Switzerland, United States, Canada, Vietnam, India, Ireland, Brazil, Greece, Hungary, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Philippines, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Italy, Guatemala, Singapore, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Indonesia have stopped my sites. Some people visited my Facebook page, some used Amazon to buy my book, and others, like you, were kind enough to be readers of this blog.

 

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I cannot begin to express my gratitude for everyone who started conversations with me and for those of you who silently stop by for a quick read or a generous Facebook “like”.  With your support, we have been able to work together to touch lives all over the world.

Thank you for joining with me to share knowledge about neurological conditions and lessons in overcoming obstacles with optimism. Let’s continue to teach others not only about surviving but also about thriving. With your support, we can take this ripple and make a wave.

Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (Self-realization)

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”  – Dalai Lama

 

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“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.”    -Thomas Szasz, “Personal Conduct,” The Second Sin, 1973


“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”    – Shannon L. Alder

 

“The degree to which a person can grow is directly proportional to the amount of truth he can accept about himself without running away.”    -Leland Val Van de Wall

 

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”    -Jean de La Fontaine

 

 

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes with purpose.”    -Richard Grant

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