“First, I have to thank God for giving me the gift that he did as well as a second chance for a better life.” –unknown. I’m only 33, but I’ve lived two lifetimes. Currently I’m on my second. In the first one I was a fiercely independent twenty something living in New York City, keeping …

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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie. As seen through the lens of a near death experience, you have no real problems. Paralysis? That’s a problem. Being stuck in a wheelchair for awhile(permanently for some) that’s a problem. These are just a couple …

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“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”  ―  John Lennon. Do you know what a mandala is? It’s an intricate design made with colored sand created by Tibetan  Monks. Each one holds a different meaning and at the end of a certain period of time, the monk who created …

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“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.”    -unknown. I have come to the conclusion that I likely won’t meet a massive stroke survivor like myself, because most of them die. It’s a sobering thought, but true. For so long I longed to meet another stroke survivor like …

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“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.” -Eckhart Tolle.   The last thing I remembered was struggling to get up off a floor that I had just fallen down to. Eventually exhausted, I drifted off into an unconscious state. …

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  “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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