Yesterday I finished the 5th Part of the article series Brain Injury, Parents, Awareness, Creativity, Freedom, and Hope. Today, I feel led to write this article to include links to each of the 5 Parts of the article series. I would invite you to read each part of the article series by clicking on the links. My encouragement would be that you read each part of the article … [Read more...]
Creating Hope following Brain Injury
Following a brain injury the individuals world may be turned upside down. As a result the individual may have a hard time grasping hope. Creating hope can be a foreign concept. The individual may place their hope in "quick fixes and silver bullets". When quick fixes and silver bullets are found to not exist, discouragement and disappointment take the place of hope. In my experience I lived with discouragement and disappointment for many years. As an individual living with a brain injury hope seemed to be an illusive creature.
Through my recovery process I discovered that my definition and expectations clouded my ability to recognize hope. My concept of hope held me hostage when things did not change. Hostage to the belief that hope was for naught. But I am glad that I discovered that hope is not limited by my definition or expectations.
Through my experience I discovered some thing that helped me tremendously. Hope is not some thing that tethers me to some thing that may happen in the future. Hope, instead is something to experience in the present. What I discovered helped me to realize that hope, like faith; becomes evident by taking action. By taking action, I discovered; I can experience hope in the now. I don't have to wait for hope. Instead, I can create and have an active part in the process of hope. Articles in this category are written and shared to encourage, motivate, empower and engage, you and I; in the process of creating hope.
Several days ago I wrote and published the article, Brain Injury, the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Not Giving Up!. In today's article, I would like to share the article in video presentation format. I create video presentations of my articles to share the information with individuals who learn through watching and listening. Below the article is a list of video presentations on … [Read more...]
To watch a 1-minute slide show with key points, click here: Slide Show Inconvenience and Possibilities Due to a series of events, that were out of my control, I recently had to do some thing over. I did not like the inconvenience, but had no other choice. In the process of preparing to have a quality control inspection I did some tiding up. In the process, I realized that … [Read more...]
A week ago I introduced an article Improving Balance and Coordination. In that article I shared a 3 minute video presentation. In the video presentation I encouraged individuals reading the article to start a program to improve their balance and coordination. In my experience, I have used a program using repetitive mirrored movements on both sides of my body. By doing so, I … [Read more...]
If you have not already read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 10 of this series, please do so to understand the context of Part 7. Thank you. I created Second Chance to Live on February 6, 2007. Shortly after creating Second Chance to Live I started a series to share my process and my journey with my readers. Over time, I have added to the … [Read more...]