Thought For The Day

Quote #1

“When a chronic pain sufferer sufferer actually opens up and talks about their pain, it’s not necessarily “a bad day”. It’s just a day they are choosing to make themselves more vulnerable to you by confiding more about it with you. When this happens, listen, refrain from judgment, and don’t offer suggestions unless asked for one, because the one thing most often needed by a chronic pain sufferer who confides in you is someone who offers them unconditional love in return, which can be as simple as saying ‘I may not understand, but I am there for you…’” (Andrew Arthur Dawson) 

Quote #2

“Do not resist the pain. Allow it to be there. Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace. This is your crucifixion. Let it become your resurrection and ascension.” (Eckhart Tolle)

Quote #3

“Healing severe or chronic pain, I believe, includes transforming our relationship to the pain, and, ultimately, it is about transforming our relationship to who we are and to life.” (Sarah Anne Shockley) AND “Don’t fight your pain…you can’t win. The paradox of recovery is that you have to surrender to win. Accepting what you cannot change makes the difference.” (Dr. Mel Pohl)

Bonus Quote

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. Living with chronic pain and its limitations makes it hard not to but it is important that we do not let other people’s ignorance define how we feel about ourselves. We have to be proud of the things we are able to do because only we truly understand the strength that it took to do them.” (Unknown)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Thought For The Day

Quote #1

“The severity of one’s disability does not determine their level of potential. The greatest barriers that persons with disabilities have to overcome are not steps or curbs, it’s expectations.” (Karen Clay)

Quote #2

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” (Martina Navratilova)

Quote #3

“Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world – making the most of one’s best.” (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

Bonus Quote

“Concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” (Stephen Hawking)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Thought For The Day

Quote #1

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply.” (Stephen R. Covey)

Quote #2

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” (Fred Rogers)

Quote #3

“The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life, and make you see the sun when you once saw clouds. The people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in you too. The people that love you, simply for being you. The once in a lifetime kind of people.” (Unknown)

Bonus Quote

“True tolerance is loving your enemy, accepting their differences, and remaining humble.” (Denise Stark)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson