Monday, January 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
I was startled to hear James Watson and Charlie Rose speak of IMAPATIENCE AS A VIRTUE. I'm always being told that I need to learn to develop patience. (October 29, 2009, Charlie Rose, PBS)
Patience is defined as the capacity for waiting, the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties. (Microsoft Office Word 2007)
When is PATIENCE an excuse for inaction? accepting oppression?
When there are chores to be done, is IMPATIENCE the energy in motion to accomplish the tasks?
Does IMPATIENCE provide eagerness to find solutions? to make discoveries? to create reconciliation?
In contrast, does IMPATIENCE result in violence, intolerance, or genocide?
BLESSING is a commitment to find peaceful solutions to bring about reconciliation, to create jobs, to provide healthcare for everyone, and to build community in a diverse world.
Where is your energy?
Monday, October 12, 2009
"Simplicity deals with the ownership of property, stewardship with the use of it. Simplicity tells us to ask for no more than we need: stewardship reminds us that we need less if we take care of what we have. Simplicity insists that we get rid of encumbrances: stewardship helps us decide what are encumbrances and what are not. It does this in a very straightforward way. If a possession, a or task, is an encumbrance, using it properly rapidly becomes much more trouble than it is worth, and the possession falls into disrepair, or the task remains constantly undone. It is this point that stewardship says: 'Wait a minute - we have too much to care of here,' and it becomes time, in the good Quaker phrase, to lay something down." Bill Ashworth, Oregon, 1986 in Daily Readings from Quaker Writings Ancient & Modern, edited and published by Linda Hill Renfer.
This message touches a deep place for me, leading to my own queries:
What is stewardship of space?
of clothes not worn?
of books spilling out of bookcases?
of supplies kept just in case?
What do you put in your list concerning your practice of stewardship?
Am I living simply that others may simply live?
And then I return to the practice of blessing: what encumbrances get in the way of blessing?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
On March 5th I stopped taking the PD med AND THEN I started to improve. In six days when I saw my neurologist, there were no signs of PD. No tremor. My balance was normal. I could swallow. The mood swings were gone. I could think clearly. My sense of humor returned. I was given back my self hood!!!
This all seems good, but what came into focus is generally called a autonomic degenerative disorder, a large umbrella which includes PD, PD plus, Multiple Systems Atrophy, and many more. The commonality is that the dopamine cells die off and the neurotransmitters affected fail to deliver their messages.
The decline with the autonomic disorders is rapid. My breathing is particularly affected. I am on oxygen and the liters needed to keep going continue to increase.
Dr. Daniel Brooks just published "I Will Go On, Living with a Movement Disorder." I highly recommend it for those living with movement disorders and for those who love and care for us.
DO YOU LIVE WITH A MOVEMENT DISORDER? OR DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES? Please, leave a comment. What is your experience?
WHAT ARE THE BLESSINGS YOU EXPERIENCE RECEIVING AND GIVING AS YOU LIVE WITH ILLNESS?