She changed my perspective today.

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   Posted 6/5/2010 1:20 PM (GMT 0)   
I just got finished grocery shopping. I was walking around in a lot of pain and thinking how messed up I have it. I turned my head and saw a young, beautiful teenage girl in a wheel chair, paralyzed from the neck down. She was contolling her chair with a mouth straw.-- WOW! how ones perspective can change so fast. sounds cliche, but I could have it a heck of a lot worse. God bless that girl.

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   Posted 6/5/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that's amazing:) My dad is my inspiration. Before he passed away last year, that man never complained....not once. He was in so much pain and always had a smile on his face. I don't know how he did it to this day.
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   Posted 6/5/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
That's exactly what I think to myself sometimes.... Yesterday I was limping into a store as usual and kinda feeling sorry for myself then I realized despite the pain at least I have the freedom to walk into a store. I couldn't imagine being in a wheel chair, making the most of what you have instead of focusing on what you don't anymore
and being happy is definitely a learning process

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   Posted 6/6/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I sooo agree with all of you!!!

I don't remember the whole writing (or poem?), but it goes something like this;
I was complaining about my feet hurting me - until I saw a man with no feet.
I was complaining because my legs were hurting me - until I saw a man with no legs.
and so on.

Sometimes I have to remind myself many times in one day - I don't really have it all that bad.
As a matter of fact, I'm having to remind myself of this a lot lately.
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.

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   Posted 6/7/2010 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
Stutterbug, thanks for sharing your story as well as others. 
When I was a little girl my Dad asked me if I wanted to go with him to this center where paraplegias lived as they were doing all sorts of contests (sport related) and my Dad explained to me what a paraplegia was.   I watched these people without arms and legs do amazing things with balls, racing in their wheelchairs, etc.   My Dad had volunteered to help out.
When I first saw these disabled people I admit I felt scared because it was the first time I was exposed to this type of disability.  But after watching them, the fear left me and I was amazed at their attitudes, so positive and they were having fun! 
That day left a huge impact on me and how people make do with what they have or don't have.  I'm glad my Dad took me with him.
Traveler, Cat Stevens wrote a song many years ago that is similar to the poem you posted but I forget the name of the song..  Duh!  I'm getting old!
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
It is hard to stay positive all the time when we can get out of our own heads sometimes. My aunt passed away from Cancer in December and a month earlier she was at my house for a housewarming party. She had lost the use of her right arm due to seizures, but still came and ate dinner with her left hand. I never heard her complain once and she tried everything up until the very last week and never let cancer get in the way of her going out and enjoying life. I am the complete opposite. If I don't feel well, I don't go anywhere, I get down on myself and find myself complaining when we could all have it so much worse, but sometimes it doesn't feel that way.

It does make you think and be thankful for all that we do have.

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   Posted 6/8/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
That is why I love this quote,, It is so true...I alway's say their are people worse off..
"It is worth a fortune to have the habit of looking on the bright side of things. "
--Samuel Johnson

God Bless.

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   Posted 6/8/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Howdy Folks,

I cannot believe the evolution (for lack of a better word) of this thread, because just now I was signing onto HealingWell at the Home page, choosing "Lyme"...and the caption of one of their featured videos caught my eye. The title "A Little Perspective". (Never even noticed they feature videos before.)

I watched the video...

You will be as shocked as I was. This young man was born with no arms and no legs. What an attitude he has!!!

So I remembered the "She changed my perspective today" thread and thought that would be a good place to post that video. O M Goodness! It fits!!!

Be encouraged and inspired.

God bless!

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   Posted 6/8/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My cousin posted on her facebook page today (my aunt who passed in December from Cancer was her mother) and she just said, "today before u complain about life, think of someone who went to heaven early". It always puts things in order when you realize that we are all lucky in other ways.
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