Welcome back to the “Healthy Life” podcast. Yesterday talked about our environment... and I want to start there and talk about feeling like the ‘flavor’ or spice in our life has left us and that since our stroke we live a bland life... simply existing. And for many even foods you used to like seem bland too.
There is a reason that I titled this podcast “when the salt becomes “un-salty” is because salt is known for many things; it used to be used as money because of its great value, acted as a preservative, ceremonially used to seal an agreement, sprinkled to prevent growth, and even wars have been fought over salt. In health Sodium serves a vital purpose in the human body: via its role as an electrolyte, it helps nerves and muscles to function correctly, and it is one factor involved in the control of water content in body organs.
So why salt what’s so important about that? For many of the stroke has affected everything we do each day. When we get up... when we rest... how we function... what we eat... even who we see or who sees us. Everything focuses around the stroke.
We’ll snap out of it! Wake up! You have to determine what will rule your life. For me its something bigger than me. It’s bigger than my spouse... my husband, it’s is bigger than my kids, it’s bigger than my family and friends... I may be unusual but I believe in a creator God and he rules my life. Okay I can hear many of you and that’s fine... it’s your life and you give control of it to who ever you want.
As for me I tried giving my doctor and husband control and I was miserable. I tried controlling things myself and failed is a disastrous way. So I gave control to God. I told my close friends and family and then waited. Well, He took control, gave me insights into treatments and healing and as a result of letting go in 2004 He’s provided me with so much. I got my life back... health... healing... energy... movement... and most of all ... purpose.
I struggled for three years with not being able to walk well... I started with a wheelchair and moved to a walker for years and motorized carts when they were available. Now I walk! I know what it’s like to drag myself across a floor, I’ve peed my pants as an adult and had large portions of my body physically lock up when I was emotionally upset. I’ve been there!
Don’t choose to stay in that physical and emotional space. Determine to get help, restore yourself, flood your personal space with what you can do! My mentor would alway challenge me to remove the apostrophe t when I thought and spoke. Changing the can’t to can, the don’t to do and so on...
Unfortunately it’s easy to want to hide and complain. Choose not to
Think and plan.... there are very few things you can’t do... after all I had to have a stroke before I became a world traveler. As a stroke survivor we need to focus on the survivor part of that title! It is everything! We can do things... just differently... slower... with more thought and planning.
One of the biggest joys I have regularly is leading groups of stroke survivors to visit and climb the Great Wall of China. They do not simply look at it from a distance, they actually walk up the stairs and on the wall! Most people never even had it on their bucket list before they come and do it. If you feel you’ve lost that spice or flavor in your life then you need to seek out those of us who have it! Those of us who have embraced the challenges as just that... challenges and not insurmountable obstacles in our lives.
Well that’s all we have time for today ... thanks so much for joining me, and if you need to bring back that spice in your life and don’t know how ... please feel free to leave me a message at stroke.global or Facebook.
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