“There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.” -Muhammad Ali. Sometimes, the greatest pleasure of your day is a cup of coffee in the morning.  In coping with life after a near death I have  in no way minimized my expectations or goals, but …

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“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” ― Chuck Palahniuk. I have always felt a little out of place or like an observer of this great big fish bowl earth, that’s teeming with life. This was especially true after I was injured and found myself displaced from …

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“The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.” ― Helen Keller. When you look at something, what do you see? Do you see what’s on the surface, the physical, the flaws,  the beauty, or the potential?  In my experience, if you can supersede your natural instincts and …

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Viktor Frankl, holocaust survivor. The most important choice you make every day is your attitude. Your internal attitudes are more important than your external circumstances. Joy is  mind over matter. …

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“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.”- Paul Cezanne. It only took twenty days to upend twenty eight years of progress, now at the age of an adult I was starting over like a child. After waking from the coma(all twenty days of it) and being cleared …

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“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach. As with every new year we get a clean …

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“Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.”- Vaclav Havel. When a horrendous situation is thrust upon us, we often lament “Why me!?” However, a  better …

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“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” ― Theodore Roosevelt. Every day we choose to move forward  with hope,  with determination, with perseverance, and tenacity we have  casted our vote. Because, not every election is political. Many times we need to vote for ourselves, our future, our …

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“I refuse to let others walk thru my mind with their dirty feet.” -Gandhi. I’m a walking contradiction, a conundrum even to myself. For I have everything and nothing at the same time. At the onset of my  ordeal(the stroke) I  missed out on a few social engagements, a tropical vacation, a raise, my apartment …

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“Having hit a wall, the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.”- Stephen Harper. Whether the wall is a physical one(visible) or an emotional one(invisible) we all are facing a wall of some kind. These walls separate us from our goals, desires, forward movement, and even other people. It is interesting …

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