My Daily Observation: 10/23/17

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It is supposed to rain all day in Charlotte; at times the rain will be severe.  I enjoy the rain because it’s like the Earth is getting a bath.  I love the smell.  I love the feel.  I love the sound of the water dripping.  It is refreshing.

There are moments when I stop and watch the rain.  I watch how people respond to water falling from the sky.  To me it is beautiful and I wish it would happen more often.

 

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Today’s Featured Blog…Don Massenzio!!

Author Don Massenzio

art1-1022What does it take to write and publish a book? Fire in the belly

When I decided to write my book, many years ago, I was committed. I had what I called “Fire in the Belly.” That is what it took for me to stay with it. I had passion and conviction that the story was important. It was history that had never been public. I needed to set the record straight, and I believed in myself that I was the person to write it.

I had a lot of challenges, though:

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My Daily Observation: 10/22/17

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Opportunities sometimes only present themselves once and if you are not prepared physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally to receive that opportunity it might take years to find another route to your goal.  It is so important to be ready when a door opens and even more important to recognize the developing opportunity!

And I know there will be lots of doors opening throughout one’s life, but sometimes THE door opens and sometimes we are not prepared for the adventure.  Sometimes we are too scared to step through to the other side.  And often times we haven’t put in the work necessary to be prepared for that exact moment when that door opens.

Now, some will say a missed opportunity “wasn’t meant to be”.   But what if that isn’t always true?  It reminds me of this parable I heard when I was a kid:

A man was trapped in his house during a flood. He began praying to God to rescue him. He had a vision in his head of God’s hand reaching down from heaven and lifting him to safety. The water started to rise in his house. His neighbour urged him to leave and offered him a ride to safety. The man yelled back, “I am waiting for God to save me.” The neighbour drove off in his pick-up truck.

The man continued to pray and hold on to his vision. As the water began rising in his house, he had to climb up to the roof. A boat came by with some people heading for safe ground. They yelled at the man to grab a rope they were ready to throw and take him to safety. He told them that he was waiting for God to save him. They shook their heads and moved on.

The man continued to pray, believing with all his heart that he would be saved by God. The flood waters continued to rise. A helicopter flew by and a voice came over a loudspeaker offering to lower a ladder and take him off the roof. The man waved the helicopter away, shouting back that he was waiting for God to save him. The helicopter left. The flooding water came over the roof and caught him up and swept him away. He drowned.

When he reached heaven and asked, “God, why did you not save me? I believed in you with all my heart. Why did you let me drown?” God replied, “I sent you a pick-up truck, a boat and a helicopter and you refused all of them. What else were you expecting?”

There are times in life when our vision of the road we will take to our goal isn’t what we expect.  And we turn down opportunities because we aren’t prepared mentally to recognize said opportunity.  Maybe we lack open-mindedness?

Maybe we get so locked in on what we want the future to look like that we have narrowed our vision and are only willing to “see” the road we want, not the road that might present itself that will get us where we want to go?

Just an observation on a quiet, cold Sunday morning…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fearless Friday

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Have you ever wondered how I can say I am fearless with a chronic disease? Most of the bloggers I have met, can say the same! My story is chronicled in my book, Fearless. You can also listen to my story as I was interviewed by Christian Devotionsspeak upBlog Talk Radio Speak Up. The interview was done by Scott McCausey and covers some of my life leading up to and through the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I am able to share my testimony of how my faith was stretched and strengthened through this diagnosis.

I feel very blessed that they chose me to be on their program! I hope you’re able to listen and enjoy the program!

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My Daily Observation: 10/21/17

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My appointment with my neurologist went well on Thursday.  For the last year I have been off of most medications, but my recent issues are changing my situation.  I’ve had some strange symptoms in the last couple of weeks.  My lips have gone numb, my left hand is experiencing numbness and the flash pains in my hips/legs have intensified.

In order to help with these symptoms I am resuming the use of a muscle relaxer called metaxalone to help with the muscle spasms.  I’ll be taking buspirone to help with anxiety; it is much less intrusive than the more powerful meds, but should help take the edge off a bit.  And I’ll also be taking carbamazepine which will help with the lightning flash nerve pains.

The big change will be a new infusion that I’ll begin in January called Ocrevus.  It doesn’t have the awful side effects as does solumedrol so I’m kind of looking forward to it.  I’ll have to go in the hospital for a few days as I did with the solumedrol, but if it takes away these issues I’ll gladly eat hospital food for a couple of days.

There is one thing I’ve observed/learned going through this process.  Some of these medications cause serious side effects, but trying to deal with my symptoms without them is extremely painful and wears me down.  Over time it can also make it difficult on Evelina as she has to live with me as I try to deal with the pain.  It’s a grind for both of us and I need to keep her in mind when I make my decisions.  It is easy to become self-focused when one lives with a disease, but I think it is important to recognize our care giver(s) and what he or she is experiencing.  I might be dealing with MS, but I am not doing it alone and I need to be aware of Evelina and what she is going through watching me battle my heart out.

Just a quick thought on a Saturday morning.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy 61st Birthday Carrie Fisher

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Today is the 61st birthday of Carrie Fisher. She was a badass, a rebel, a clever wit, and a truth teller. Her iconic Star Wars role solidified her place in the collective memory of the world. Her clever writing conveyed the honesty and truth in uncomfortable topics and made them approachable and universal. We were lucky to have her. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.

NAME: Carrie Fisher
OCCUPATION: Film Actress
BIRTH DATE: October 21, 1956
DEATH DATE: December 27, 2016
PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California, Unites States

BEST KNOWN FOR: Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon after starring as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. Her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, was published in 1987.

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Inspiration Link Party: 10/21/17

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In an effort to continue to give back to the blogging community I want to host a weekly Inspiration Link Party.  The rules are simple:

  1. Leave a link to an inspiring post or a link to an inspiring blogger that you enjoy and believe others will enjoy as well (not your own).
  2. Leave a simple note as to how the post or blogger inspired you and why you believe others might find value in reading.
  3.  Try to link to posts that offer up an inspiring story or maybe demonstrate incredible courage.  The idea is to share posts in one place that can become a one-stop-shop for inspiration!
  4. Reblog this post to get as much inspiration spread as possible!

It is easy to complain about what’s going on in the world.  Let us see if we can come together and shine our light on others!