On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…….as the song goes, three french hens. Well, I don’t know anything about french hens, so I looked it up! Wikipedia tells the origins of the song relate to “increasingly grand gifts” given on the twelve days of Christmas. And it seems like french hens, from what I read only quickly, lay a lot of eggs year round and are therefore quite valuable. My version, up until this point, and I suspect throughout the rest of the days, will be more inspirational in nature. And even though there is no real reason why there are three french hens and not two or four, I’ve been thinking about “things that come in threes” for today’s post.
The obvious “threes” that come to mind are three blind mice, the three stooges, three little pigs and “the rule of threes.” While I thought about some fun analogies for the mice, stooges and pigs (future blog posts??), I’m going to focus on “the rule of threes.” The definition I found states that when things come in threes, and they could be good or bad, they are “inherently funnier, more satisfying or more effective than other numbers of things.”
Personally, when bad or negative things happen, like deaths, injuries, accidents, etc., they do seem to come in threes, or at least I can pinpoint three similar incidents and be done with it. Time to move on. When good things happen in either threes or on a third attempt, I say “third time’s a charm.” So I am a believer in the rule of threes.
How does this affect my daily life? It probably doesn’t! But it seemed interesting enough to write about today, and fit it (sort of) with my third day of Christmas. I could write about certain incidents that have recently come in threes, but now, my blog post would be way too long. I wrote far too much about the background of my idea than the idea itself. Oh well, I hope it gets you thinking about the rule of threes, and whether you have found this in your life, too. If you’d like to share, please do! I love reading your comments and reactions to my posts.
For now, have a wonderful, satisfying and productive day (three more things to think about!). Cynthia
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On the second day of Christmas, my true love brought to me……..the sunrise and the sunset!
This morning I was up bright and early, and saw the sunrise, which inspired this post.
I think it is a universally held belief that even though it happens every day, seeing the sunrise is just SO amazing! The beauty, the serenity, the hope that today will be a good day! But we must make that promise to ourselves: today WILL be a good day. Why? Because I will do my best to make it so! When I approach a day with that mind-set, with that positive attitude, it is already a good day. And I commit to myself that having a good day means doing good for others. It can be as simple as a smile, a hug, a good deed or paying someone a compliment. It does not have to be huge or overwhelming, just a simple gesture.
Likewise, seeing a beautiful sunset reminds me to ask myself the question: was it a good day? Did I do good for others? It helps me reflect on my day. Was I the best person I could be TODAY? Don’t be too hard on yourself. Take one day at a time. If we do good, do our best and accomplish a goal, no matter how small or large, enjoy the day you’ve had. And if not, you’ll have another chance tomorrow, when the sun rises again!
Part of the challenge of living with a disability or having a loved one with a disability is taking each day as it comes. Yes, of course, we need to prepare and think about the future, but if we take just these few minutes a day at sunrise and sunset to think about TODAY, I believe we can all live a little better, breathe a little easier and have the strength to face another day.
Enjoy your day! Make it a good one! Cynthia
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Oh, I’ve been singing this song in my head (you wouldn’t want me to sing out loud!) for days trying to get ready for this project of mine I have convinced myself to take on. So here goes………
On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…………a wonderful family! My two children, Darren and Arianne, have brought so much love and joy into my world, I can’t really describe it. I’m sure all of you parents out there reading this can relate to what I’m saying.
While I try to follow my own advice all through the year, during the Christmas season I try especially hard to not lose sight of the importance of family in my life. While my husband and I have both lost our parents, and extended family is not really part of our lives, my husband, children, siblings and their kids are my focus. It is my family that got me through the most difficult days when Darren was first spinal cord injured (my Mom was alive then and provided a very strong support system) and continues to this day. It is my family that keeps me going day after day, month after month and year after year.
I hope you have family with which to celebrate this holiday season, and if blood relatives are not part of your life, I hope you have found friends and communities who can stand in their place and give you the support you need to life live as fully as possible every single day of this holiday season.
Celebrate FAMILY! Until tomorrow…………Cynthia
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For those who know me, either personally or through my blog, you may already know I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I am the person who says “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays,” sometimes incorrectly to a person who might not celebrate the same holiday. But it is meant to spread joy, love and cheer. I know I need to do that, and enjoy getting it in return.
Today I am committing to creating my own theme of “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Stay tuned for what will follow, and I hope I can spread some holiday cheer to all, no matter what holiday you celebrate or religious beliefs you may hold. During a time where people stress out over too much to do and not enough time to do it all, I hope my messages will bring a little cheer to your life.
Until next time…………..Cynthia
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I would be remiss to not acknowledge the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, even on a blog that focuses on spinal cord injury and paralysis.
When people of all ages look at athletes, actors and musicians as role models, they can’t even stand in the same room as someone like Nelson Mandela. Someone who stood up for what he believed in and changed the world. He made the world a better place for generations, creating a legacy that will last far into the future.
Mr. Mandela was a true inspiration, a word used by many but deserved by few. His caring, compassion and humanitarian acts carried his messages of fairness, equality and human rights.
May Mr. Mandela rest in peace, and know that the world he has left is a changed and better place because of him and what he fought for. A true hero who lived among us.
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I’ve written about Boyd Melson in prior posts, and we’ve shared his story in Facebook postings as well. In summary, Boyd is a professional boxer and donates all of his purse winnings to Just A Dollar Please in order to bring spinal cord injury clinical trials to the United States. Boyd’s best friend, Christan, is a long time Push to Walk client, and our relationship with him started many years ago.
Boyd’s next fight is coming up on Wednesday, December 4 at BB King’s in New York City. Again, he will donate his winnings to Dr. Wise Young and the clinical trials. You can buy tickets (if there’s any still available) at www.teamfighttowalk.com. But my blog today is really about Boyd coming to Push to Walk and working out with our clients. Under the program “The Mission Continues,” Boyd is working with Drs. Patricia Morton and Wise Young on a spinal cord injury exercise program and walking. When Boyd is at Push to Walk, he has his boxing gloves and gets the clients to throw punches, block punches and keep themselves upright. With his constant banter, encouragement, smile and laughter, he has these clients working HARD!
Here’s a video clip that says it all. Let’s just say I got as much enjoyment out of watching this taking place as I’m sure the participants had actually doing it. Only thing is, I’m not sore or tired afterwards. I only had to hold the camera!
Enjoy watching, and please support Boyd’s next fight and justadollarplease.org!
Thank you! Cynthia
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I thought this “old” slogan from former Governor Tom Kean and his administration fit our upcoming event, well, perfectly!
For those of you who live locally, or will be traveling to NJ for the Thanksgiving holiday, please join us on Saturday, November 30 for a fun night of great music, great food and a great cause! Tickets are only $40 and include music played by students and professionals, as well as a delicious buffet dinner catered by Bardi’s Bar and Grill. Bring your friends! Bring your family!
We are very grateful to Randy and Laura Shamber at ShamRock for their dedication to pull this event together, and my good friend Vince Genella and the other bands who are donating their time to play for us. The music is going to be OUTSTANDING! You don’t want to miss it!
Event details: Saturday, November 30, 6-10 pm at the Elks Lodge, 1 Perrin Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ.
Buy your tickets in advance, please! Call Push to Walk at 862-200-5848 or ShamRock at 973-839-0100.
Hope to see you there!
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