Giving Thanks in 2010

As another Thanksgiving nears and I am forced to realize that this holiday differs from all the others before, because this is my first Thanksgiving without Mom.  The one year anniversary of my mother’s death is coming. My mother used to say that Thanksgiving was her holiday. In her heyday, no one could prepare a feast the way she could. From the gravy and cranberry sauce to the pecan pie, Mom’s care in preparing a family smorgasbord was a loving tribute to her family and a memory that I will cherish as long as I live. It’s a memory for which I am thankful.

Though Thanksgiving’s actual historic meaning is not representative of my interpretation of the day, it is my belief that there is no more opportune time than now to express your love, gratitude, and appreciation for those people in your circle who make your life better. Giving thanks can be anything from a hug or handshake of recognition to whatever your conscience feels is a suitable way of expressing your appreciation.

Even with the world in chaos and the economy in the drink, there is much to be thankful  for. In the hardest of times some individuals thrive while others merely survive which is still no small accomplishment.  Maintaining a realistic yet positive perspective on one’s outlook on the future makes your life and those who you encounter more  enriched and loved.

I am thankful for:

1. Living in the United States where freedom, individuality, and independence is more than an ideal but an actual reality.

2.Having a loving wife who loves me in spite of my flaws and imperfections.

3. Going to bed with little fear and waking with the same.

4. Even after having Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years, my meds still work and I am able to function.

5. My senses and the ability to use them.

6. My family, animal companions, and friends who care about me and want to make the world a better place.

7. Reiki, which has brought peace, healing, and clarity to my life.

8.  Humor for reminding me that serious is relative.

9.  The opportunity to live, learn, and assist.

10.  The Mute button on my television remote.

What are you thankful for this year?

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on November 22, 2010, in Education & Support, Philosophy, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Karl, you have such a way with words. Despite the absence of your mother which is a tough thing to get over I am sure she would want you to carry on in a spirit of thanksgiving pausing to remember her in a special way. Do not let the greatness of her traditions go unoticed. Celebrate her life by making a traditional dish that she did extra special. Indoing so, you honor her for the things she left behind. You are truly an inspiration and source of personal encouragement to me. Your attitude is always one that is positive and determined to accomplish that which you set your mind to doing. I am most thankful for friends like you and Angela. May God bless you both and enrich your lives this holiday season. Happy Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Karl, Your tribute to your mother was moving. My dad passed away a year ago and I miss him terribly. And as much as I hate living with parkinson’s, one big thing that makes me happy is that because of it, I am part of a wonderful community of friends & supporters including you & Angela, and Michael & Gretchen, and so many others. Love & best wishes to you.

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