Overcoming obstacles with Optimism

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.

Who Are You?

So, please, tell me about yourself. Don’t think about it. Don’t formulate a long, trying-to-impress, response. What is your reaction to that answer which immediately pops into your head?

 

I was asked this question several years ago by a participant in one of my presentations. But then he also added, “How has this answer changed since your brain injury?” It made me think about it for the first time. How do I define myself? What was I like compared to the years before I had my stroke?

 

We evolve. It is logical. We will always evolve. That is life. But who are you today? What is it –what passion, what occupation, what hobby – what is it that defines who you are?

 

 

Is the answer to this questioning what you what it to be? If not, how can you grow into the person you foresee in your future? Defining who we are will certainly evolve over time. Sometimes we will lose the titles we have once bestowed upon ourselves. Press forward, work toward fulfilling your dreams. You have the power to create the person you dream of telling others about.

 

 

“I may not have gone where I intended to go,

but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”   

-Douglas Adams

“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

“I sometimes walk into walls.
I will never recognize who someone is.
Occasionally I still fall down
which only serves to remind me…
… that I am blessed.”

– Tara Fall, author, educator… and seizure, brain surgery, and stroke survivor

 

 

 

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