Reflection on Friday- Health Benefits to Vacation

"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking." Earl Wilson "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." Robert Orben The Benefit of Vacation to Your Health: In many ways, this post is apparent and meaningless. We all know that relieving or …

Allies Against Parkinson’s

"Resilience is not what happens to you. It’s how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you." Jeffrey Gitomer "Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going." Yasmin Mogahed Introduction: Several years ago, someone gave me or …

Parkinson’s: Reflective Gratitude of Life

"We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful." Carlos Castaneda "Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth." Horace Introduction: The title of this blog post says it all. At the age of 66 years old, I stand before you thinking I need to be more thankful. Really? …

Journey with Parkinson’s: During an Intermission

“Hope is a function of struggle.” Brené Brown “What we know matters but who we are matters more.” Brené Brown Why do we learn? “The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in …

10 “P-Words” That Will Help Your Career Even in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Enjoy the journey, enjoy every moment, and quit worrying about Winning and losing." Matt Biondi "Enjoy the journey as much as the destination."  Marshall Sylver Introduction:  It has been a month since my last blog post.  Trips to Arizona, California, Alabama, and Florida consumed much of the month.  I spent time with relatives, dear old …

2016 Whitehead Lecture: Advice, Life Stories and the Journey with Parkinson’s

"In giving advice I advise you, be short." Horace "The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination." Dan Millman Introduction: Last month, I presented the Whitehead Lecture to the UNC School of Medicine (SOM).  Here is what that means: "The annual Whitehead Lecture serves as an unofficial convocation for the School of Medicine. …

Happiness and Parkinson’s: 10 Simple Suggestions to Make Your Life Happier

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” Steve Maraboli “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez Introduction: Happiness, being positive, and remaining hopeful are “life-elements” important to us all. To give you an idea as to how important it is for us to achieve happiness, a …

Words Worth Living

"In all things it is better to hope than to despair."  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What we know matters but who we are matters more.” Brené Brown A beginning: A common theme throughout this blog has been the inclusion of quotes to accompany my comments.  Searching and vetting these words are important to me, and …

Air Force Core Values And A Life Lived

“Integrity has no need of rules.” Albert Camus “You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.”  C.G. Jung “Do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” Gregg Harris USAF (United States Air Force) Core Values and Growing Up: "Integrity, service and excellence." These three words represent the core values of the USAF, which reminds me …

People With Parkinson’s: The Journey To Better

"Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have." Norman Vincent Peale The Journey To Better [The (definite article thē, ˈthē\ used, especially before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect) Journey (noun jour·ney \ˈjər-nē\ an act of traveling from …