Second Chance to Live and the Embracing Life and Living Well After Brain Injury Conference May 2013 — A Lesson Learned — A Smoother Transition Part 1

Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. Thank you for making the decision to stop by to visit with me. Thank you. Last week I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the Embracing Life and Living Well After Brain Injury Conference in Seattle, Washington. Last month I had the opportunity to travel to and be a guest speaker at the Alaska Peer Partnership Consortium Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. I am grateful for the conference committees who voted to have me come to present a workshop. Both of these opportunities were awesome and provided the wisdom to learn from my experience while at the conference.

At the Embracing Life and Living Well After Brain Injury Conference, I presented my workshop on Thursday afternoon between 3:45 and 5 pm May 23. On Friday morning, at the breakfast, while meeting and greeting people who attended my workshop a gentleman shared with me that I might like to re-think of ways to create a better transition to introduce a section of my workshop. I have been thinking about his suggestions for the past several days. This morning, I gained some clarity to provide a smoother transition during this part of my presentation for future work shops. I would like to share this transition with you my friend.

What I shared during my workshop

During my workshop I spoke about the various pieces of the puzzle that have made up my process, journey and experience. My intent was to encourage, motivate, empower and instill hope in those in attendance to not give up on their process or their journey, regardless…. During my presentation, I shared about the value of learning from and through each piece of my experience, as each piece provides lessons and opportunities to build upon. As with much of my journey, I have come up against many walls. These walls have presented me with choices. Instead of giving up – through out my life time – I have looked for solutions.

As part of my presentation, I shared how my training in various martial arts has contributed to and empowered my development as an individual. I did so to encourage the pursuit of neuroplasticity in attendees. At one point in my workshop I share and demonstrate several skills that I have been working on and developing through my training in western boxing, muay Thai kick boxing, wing chun, jeet kune do and modern arnis. Experience has taught me that I have had to drill each one of these skills a bazillion times to encode them into muscle memory. By staying committed to the process, I have been able to combine these skills into fluid movements.

Through staying committed to working on each one of these skill sets my proficiency in combining these individual skills has helped me to become more efficient as an individual and a martial artist. 

I forget the individuals name who encouraged me to re-think this transition, but want to thank him. Thank you Sir for the suggestion. In Part 2 of this article, I will share the back story of why I demonstrate the various skills that I have been training in and developing. The back story will provide a smoother transition.     

To read Part 2 of this article, please click on the following link: Second Chance to Live and the Embracing Life and Living Well After Brain Injury Conference May 2013–A Lesson Learned Part 2

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