Posts Tagged ‘positive thinking’

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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Happy 2013 everyone! I know I’m a little late in expressing these wishes, but I am finally coming to grips with the fact that the holidays are over and 2013 REALLY has arrived! Oh well, it was a WONDERFUL holiday season, and I hope it was for you, too.

I’m not big on “new year’s resolutions,” but I do try to set goals for myself – some personal, some professional, and some just plain fun! I consider myself to be a pretty positive person, but could still use reminders every now and then to concentrate on the good and not dwell on the bad. Overall, I am going to use more words like YES, WILL and CAN. I am going to become a cheerleader for the whole thinking positive movement, and do more reading about that, too. That fits into my goal of doing more reading in general, too. Maybe I’ll even start reading more on my iPad, instead of good ole’ books – we’ll see if that really happens!

What goals do you have for yourself??? If you are looking for information and resources in the areas of SCI or paralysis, we can help! If Push to Walk and an exercise program are one of your goals, please let us know! If you are interested in becoming a committee member or a board member for a worthy non-profit, we can use your assistance! If you have a talent, service or product that could benefit people with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries or other neurological conditions,  we are also looking to partner with others to provide the best services possible to people in need.

Whatever your goals, dreams and aspirations are for the new year, work hard to make them happen, and think positive! Here’s to a GREAT 2013!


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Hello Everyone!

This past weekend, my husband & I had the distinct privilege of attending our daughter’s “graduate hooding ceremony” at Ithaca College. She doesn’t officially graduate until October, but the school wanted to acknowledge the graduate students and present them with their hoods during commencement weekend. After  a few more weeks of classes and a 12 week rotation this summer, she will officially have her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Congratulations, Ari!!!

During our dinner with family and friends after the ceremony, we reminisced a bit about “what if” types of scenarios. Without getting too emotional about the BIG question (which then leads to a million other questions) – what if Darren never had a spinal cord injury, would Ari have chosen physical therapy as a career path? We were focusing on the smaller questions, but equally as thought provoking: Ari to Annie (her close friend and classmate) – what if you didn’t choose the elliptical machine next to mine in the gym that day? I ask – what if you didn’t apply to Ithaca College? John brings up the fact that Aly (another close friend and classmate but in OT), according to her grandma, almost left Ithaca because she was so unhappy, then met Ari and Annie and stayed on. What if she did leave? How different would these young women’s lives be today? Would they have met anyway? Is there fate involved?

I can go waaayyy back to meeting my husband, choosing our house in Kinnelon, buying a house at the shore………..the list goes on and on. I wonder about these answers but don’t dwell on them or look at them negatively. I look at them from a positive point of view, and find the happiness, joy and success in past decisions. Sure, I can say at any of those points, if this DIDN’T happen, then _____ (fill in the blank) wouldn’t have happened. But do we know that for sure? Maybe something else would have happened. And maybe that something else could have been worse.

In any case, I look for the positive results, and that is really my message for today. I am so fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my life. What if they weren’t in my life? What if I had never met our friends and neighbors who are a constant source of friendship and support? What if I never had the chance to celebrate my children’s successes and accomplishments? Oh, I can’t even imagine!

So go ahead, consider your own “what if” lists. I hope you appreciate all that you are and all that you have, both tangible and intangible. Celebrate the positive and stomp out the negative. Enjoy your day!


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