Hope- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month

“Hope is passion for what is possible.” Soren Kierkegaard

“What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.” Emil Brunner

2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month: To help support the month of Parkinson’s awareness, here are 3-posts from earlier in April-
2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month- 12 Rules of Life With Exercise
2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month (Part 2)- Exercise
• April 11 is World Parkinson’s Disease Day (click here)

The word is hope: For the remainder of April , as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the theme will revolve around words worth living or inspirational quotes. The goal is to offer you a supportive comment; or maybe it’s a quote that reinvigorates your daily approach to life with Parkinson’s. Alternatively, use these quotes to bolster the steady support of your life-Coach/Care Partner. Always remember what Cassandra Clare said, “We live and breathe words.”

Parkinson’s feels like what? Having Parkinson’s feels like walking on an ocean’s beach in the presence of alternating head- and tail-winds. The force from the head-wind digs your heels into the sand to counter the wind’s influence to slow you down. The tail-wind further challenges your equilibrium as your toes sink even deeper into the sand, and you stand tall to counter the wind’s ability to speed you up. At the same time, the ocean wave moves you ever so slightly by its impact as you walk in the wet sand. Thus, every life-step with Parkinson’s is a balancing act that is slowly evolving, subtly changing, but always present. May these words and quotes help bolster your daily walk in the presence of Parkinson’s.

Life is better lived with hope: I liken hope to the spark that jump starts your fireplace in the cold of winter. Barbara Kingsolver said “Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.”

Life with Parkinson’s requires hope: Your jar-of-hope will be challenged daily by Parkinson’s; hopefully, you will keep the jar at least half-filled and not half-empty of hope. “The first thing I read after being diagnosed on the internet was Parkinson’s attacks the mind, body and the spirit. There is one thing that treats all three and that’s hope. That’s very true, you have to live with hope.” Gordon Adai

From the Journey with Parkinson’s: We follow a path that favors happiness in the background of certain/uncertain Parkinson’s progression. We stay positive, we remain determined, and always with perseverance we stand firm. Finally, combined together with hope, we continue, we live, we continue to live, and we continue to live well and strong in the presence of Parkinson’s.” Frank C. Church

“I am not an optimist, because I am not sure that everything ends well. Nor am I a pessimist, because I am not sure that everything ends badly. I just carry hope in my heart. Hope is the feeling that life and work have a meaning. You either have it or you don’t, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you. Life without hope is an empty, boring, and useless life. I cannot imagine that I could strive for something if I did not carry hope in me. I am thankful to God for this gift. It is as big as life itself.” Vaclav Havel

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