Making Choices

Some bridges are best left alone.

Some bridges are best left alone.

Maybe just maybe it’s time to turn off the news, or at least mute it. Let’s stop worrying about the parts of our lives that we can’t possibly change. There is that rare morsel of inspiration, a nugget of knowledge or a touching personal story that we connect with, but those moments are getting fewer and fewer. Not to sound cranky but I’ve had it with the news-time barrage of drug commercials and the fascinating narrative of side effects to watch for.

Add on the tragedies, issues, crimes, and injustices around the globe that may or may not have direct impact on us personally. The inundation of messages can become overwhelming. Should I really care that a coffee chain is using a blank red cup without a holiday message? We create controversy where there is none and where it isn’t needed. Let’s keep our eyes on the magicians and not the dazzle of the people who misdirect us elsewhere.

The carnival barker with the loudest voice and the most shocking tidbits to say aren’t always the brightest, kindest most meaningful, or pertinent. Speaking to hear your own voice, unless you are doing speech therapy, is strictly noise.

If you are dealing with Parkinson’s disease or any illness, you know as I do that our personal energy is precious, unpredictable, and can come and go without notice. I’m of the belief that it is crucial to weed out unnecessary distractions that drain us, derail us, or add to our worry. Next time you hear a controversy, ask yourself is this really another concern to add to the pile, or one that I can ignore?

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, He is a Community Team Member to and is a contributor to His blog,, has been recognized four years in a row by as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! has recognized 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, 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 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 13, 2015, in Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Concur. Every. Single. Sentence. Well said, again. From: A Soft Voice In A Noisy World To: Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 4:50 PM Subject: [New post] Making Choices #yiv4196698162 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4196698162 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4196698162 a.yiv4196698162primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4196698162 | Karl Robb posted: “Maybe just maybe it’s time to turn off the news, or at least mute it. Let’s stop worrying about the parts of our lives that we can’t possibly change. There is that rare morsel of inspiration, a nugget of knowledge or a touching personal story that we co” | |

  2. “Speaking to hear your own voice is strictly noise” I love this line! Thank you Karl!

  3. Great blog Karl as always. I agree completely and is synonymous with your book title, “a soft voice in a noisy world.” Sometimes the world gets too noisy and drowns out everything you are trying to say. Even professionals can’t always hear but then hearing isn’t the problem is it? It is truly listening for that small still voice among the clatter. You are one of those rare soft voices that is full of wisdom and common sense and you have my full attention.

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