“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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“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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“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”- Hans Christian Andersen. Every time I shed a little responsibility I imagine a pair of scissors cutting the string to  a tiny man that’s holding  me down. This makes the shedding of unnecessary  belongings and responsibilities a lot more fun. My …

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, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him.” positively. -Bob Marley. Whether you’re considered an artist or not, we all create something. What ever that something is, be it cooking, painting, playing an instrument, taking care of …

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“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” -Les Brown. Just as the ebb and flow of a river is changed when a large boulder is dropped into it, so are our lives when we encounter the large impact of another human being.  Ever …

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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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  “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”- Abraham Lincoln. In the ever present stay calm and carry on posters they forget two words, and on. Therefore, they should read  Stay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we are  creatures of great resolve when we’re …

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  “Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?” ― Scott Turow, Ordinary Heroes. Stories of triumph, stories of success, and stories of dreams coming true. These are the kinds of tales that keep us alive and keep us going. For me, these stories were a life boat in the …

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