Through the labyrinth of life’s experiences, there are many lessons waiting to be to be revealed. I have found that these lessons become available through different packages. My decision to explore is often connected to how I chose to receive those packages. When I chose to stay open to learn, my eyes are opened. As my eyes remain open, curiosity encourages me. Curiosity provides the desire and motivation to grasp the lesson. The missing pieces — once hidden from my sight – become obvious. As I grasp the lesson, I grow in wisdom. Wisdom provides the insight that allows me to learn from the next lesson.
In the world of a person with a traumatic brain injury such lessons may be unique to the individual. Each person experiences similarities and differences. Depending on the location of the brain injury, the individual faces unique challenges. My specific challenges may be different than your challenges. I believe that your unique challenges bring you to your own path of exploration. I believe that you, as well as myself need to be committed to the process. In my experience, I have not met other brain injury survivors with my specific challenges. In many ways I have been alone on my journey. I have had to find out what worked best for me. I can not suggest what will work best for you. Nevertheless, I believe that as you stay committed to your process you will find your way. I will be 50 next week and in my experience there have not been too many people that could give me answers. I had to stay committed to my recovery and rehabilitation. Sure I had days when I questioned life itself, but I did not give up on my process.
I would strongly recommend that you not give up on your process. You may just now be embarking on your rehabilitation journey, for no fault of your own. On the other hand, you may have found yourself reluctant to start a rehabilitation program. I am not in a position to make any medical recommendations. Nevertheless, I would strongly encourage you to not give up on yourself. You are the only one who can do your work. I can not do your work, your parents can not do your work, nor can any other relative or friend do your work for you. You have to be committed to your process one day at a time.
Just for today I will practice the four P’s in my recovery process: Perseverance, Persistence, Practice and Perspective. I will stay committed to my recovery and rehabilitation program through practicing perseverance and persistence. In the event that my perspective is slowing me down, I will explore. Through my exploration I will learn the lesson I am being taught. I will not give up on myself. I will stay committed to my process. I will keep going even when it hurts because I am worth the effort. I will stay in today because my best is good enough.
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