AFTER 8 MONTHS IN BED….THEY DISCOVERED MY CURE!

It took eight months of being in bed unable to walk to figure this out, PLEASE READ.

This unknown solution could save your life or help another person live a peaceful or painless life!  

 

After walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago my life changed. I look at life differently; I discovered answers for life’s simple but complicated questions. Why are we here on this little planet in this huge universe? When do we accept things the way they are? Or, should we face the fear that comes with change? This includes physical and mental challenges. These were some of the lessons I learned from the Camino; never give up and look into other options! There were days during my 56-day journey when I couldn’t make it to the next village and was forced into the decision to keep on walking or stop for the day with the insight  of my final goal to make it to Santiago. Never did I think I would not make it to the end.

 

blog 10 12 cMy resent challenge of not being capable of walking for the past eight months has not been easy. However, I always visualized being able to walk without pain, just as I did starting one year before I walked the Camino, I had the vision of taking my final step.

 

It was January, 2014, at my home in Thailand and woke up unable to walk in extreme pain. I spent several weeks in the hospital and with help from family, and friends caught a flight back to the U.S. for treatment. I spent the following eight months in and out of hospitals and ended up in a nursing home. During this time, I had two strokes and heart issues.

 

They found the problem, but not the cause?  

 

I made my way to Mayo Clinic, one of the best health recovery centers throughout the world. After several weeks of testing, they found the cause of my problems. Yes, the strokes, heart issues and maybe even my back problem.

 

Few people know they have this problem. If you think about it, this sounds simple, but you can see how easy it could go un-diagnosed. My immune system was not working. Our body is an amazing self-repairing system. Think about it, if you cut your finger, it stops bleeding and even supplies healing medicine so it heals by itself. So what happens if your immune gets overworked; it cannot do its job, That’s what happened to me!

 

Why does this miraculous healing system quit working? I found the answer. It works when we sleep; so, if you don’t sleep properly, it cannot work.

 

I was sleeping fine….I thought! 

 

After many tests, blood, MRI’s, heart test and seeing over 20 doctors, including a psychologist, they knew the problem but not the cause. One doctor said, “We want to test your sleeping.” I said, I don’t have a problem sleeping! He asked, “Do you wake up tired?” I said, of course doesn’t everyone?

 

They did a simple overnight test which consisted of a little probe on your finger that hooks up to a small blog 10 12 bcomputer. This is done at home, and it records your breathing. I quit breathing 43 times within a hour, when that happens it puts a halt to your immune system; it can’t repair your body. This undiagnosed problem can possibly be the cure for many diseases and other health problems it can even help with depression.

 

After the night-long test which showed a possible problem, they put me in the extensive all-night test at the clinic. This verified my problem and solution. They traced almost all my issues were related to my immune system being “Out of Order!”

I have sleep apnea; a severe case, and did not know it!  

My two strokes most likely happened when I slept.

I like what my niece, Kryssi, said…

“Thank God you had the strokes;

otherwise, you may have died in your sleep!” 

 

The strokes were life-threatening, and the cause was the priority of the medical team at Mayo Clinic. They did not give up, and kept looking at other options, the same lesson I learned from walking the Camino.

 

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I know, it looks scary! I only ware it when I sleep….really!

Today; I feel great! The only challenge is to get comfortable using the breathing machine which regulates my breathing and lets my auto-repair (immune) system to do the job our creator intended. I have been using the machine for three days, and it has made a huge difference. There are several machines that can be used, the CPAP unit did not work, but the Bi-level PAP, works great.

 

My lesson for you…if your doctor keeps saying, “Take a pill, and you will be alright.” And you feel; something is still wrong, ask for a sleep test; it may save your life!

 

The doctors cut back on all my medications, and I have my final appointment at Mayo Clinic on November, 27th. I expect the OK, to return to Thailand and get my life back in order. It’s been an amazing journey, thank you all for your support over the past nine months. My lesson…. “What I can’t do ‘WE,’ can!”  Love, Jim

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One other tip I learned; another way to stop the immune system from working is dehydration, so drink water; even, if your not thirsty!

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I am Disappointed, but….

Where would I be; if I never walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago? 

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Walking the Camino taught me how to handle disappointment. What is disappointment? When other people do not do what I would do or badgewhat I think they should do? How about if I do not live up to the standards I expect from myself? People handle these conflicts differently. Some get angry, others blame someone or something and many go into denial, it’s my parent’s fault I turned out like this or the government, they could even blame God!  They may even use the excuse, “It was meant to be,” when we have just made wrong choices.  I have been guilty of all the above! 

I live an optimistic life, but at times fall back to my old ways, however, I only visit those, “no fun,” places. Most of you know me and I never give up, this is just another challenge in my life, however, yesterday, was one of those, no fun moments. I wanted what I wanted, “NOW!”  I shared my frustrations with my sister, Joy, and she said, “Things happen in God’s time not yours!”  I responded, “How, can I straighten him out?” She laughed.

No question my journey walking the Camino has been the greatest experience in my life. So many life lessons learned. The most important one was, “WHY AM I HERE, ON THIS EARTH?”  I discovered the answer for that question. In the back of my mind yesterday, I thought “How can I fulfill my mission when my health will not let me?”

Friday, I had, which I hoped would be my final appointment at Mayo Clinic, I was expecting to hear, “Your good to go,” back to Thailand. That didn’t happen! I thought, I have been in bed unable to walk for eight months and now I can walk, I don’t even need assistance and have little pain. Thinking, I am cured!

My back issue is healing and I am happy with my progress. However, the other problems related to my strokes and heart will keep me in the U.S.blog 9 28 c for at least one more month. The doctor said, I am at a high risk, for me to check out, “The Other Side.” So I will follow his orders, I told him, I am having too much fun with this life thing. By the way, he also walked the Camino; so, we had lots to talk about. He also said, that I cannot even consider my walk across Death Valley. I want to do this to support my friend Farah, with her new projects in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. So that is on hold for the moment.

Anyway guys, my spirits are great with hope my body will follow. If we get disappointed about anything; let’s make it temporary!  Lov….Jim

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I am working on my book about my experience walking the Camino, “Sticks and Stones,” and it’s not about walking. Writing this is an exciting moment for me to relive all the life changing moments. I will have it finished in April, 2015.

How do you handle disappointment?  Tell me, in the box below.

 

 

 

Another fun video I made of the “other,” talent at Mayo Clinic.

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ACCEPTANCE

Welcome back to “Sunday Morning Coffee with Jim,” hope you haven’t been going through any coffee withdrawal? This will be published once a month because I am going full-time on my book about the lessons learned from my Camino de Santiago walk.  The title may be, “STICKS AND STONES.” The meaning is not what you may think?

What a whirlwind my life has been on since I walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago. When you walk for 56 days by yourself, life answersblog 9 13 a  come to you when you don’t even know the questions? Now, I know the questions! I have been on my back for eight months and question everything; WHY ME?

Accepting things the way they are, has exceptions. When life throws challenges it is easy to say “That’s the way it is!” Or, do you look for other options? The blocking point is always feared. The fear of accepting things the way they are or going agents the grain and look for new ways to accomplish what you really want.

 

I am still at Mayo Clinic, which I consider has the best medical care in the world. The good news is I am walking again, even without a walker plus, my back pain is gone. It’s been a long eight months lying on my back. I don’t like to say, “The Bad News is,” but the challenges I still face is my blackout issue and the strokes. I had a second stroke here at Mayo Clinic.  They feel the blackout problem is not related to my back problem or the strokes. They feel I will have to live with this challenge. I am not at the point of accepting this; it will be difficult living with this the rest of my life. The strokes still has the doctors puzzled how someone as healthy as me, could have this happen, but feel it can be controlled with medication.

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So, this brings me to the question of acceptance? Most of you know me and throwing in the towel is never on my agenda. However everyone has a breaking point, as I did fighting my addiction with drugs and alcohol. Not until I surrendered and said “I give up,” I cannot do this alone, did I find to door to live in peace. “I can’t,”….”We can,” has been my answer. “We,” can be your God/Higher Power, the Universe, or a group of people who has gone through what we could be facing. Today, I use this when I face the fear of acceptance. These are some lessons I learned as I walked for 56 days on my Camino and will be with me the rest of my life.

 

I have received thousands of messages for my healing from around the world and they worked. I misunderstood the intent of all the prayers received. I thought that they would heal me when what I really wanted was to be at peace with where I was in life. I am at peace, the message; “I can be at peace and still be in pain and suffering is always a choice, but pain is not.” Thank you for bringing me back to my Camino lesson!

jim cam sant Lov.Jim  Hope to be back in Thailand soon. Feel free to make a comment or suggestion in the box below.

A short story by Paulo Coelho, another pilgrim who walked the Camino.  His book “The Alchemist,” is a great read!

Choosing One’s Destiny

Spiritual Story by Paulo Coelho

“I am willing to give up everything”, said the prince to the master. “Please accept me as your disciple.”

“How does a man choose his path?” asked the master.

“Through sacrifice,” answered the prince. “A path which demands sacrifice, is a true path.”

The master bumped into some shelves. A precious vase fell, and the prince threw himself down in order to grab hold of it. He fell badly and broke his arm, but managed to save the vase.

“What is the greater sacrifice: to watch the vase smash, or break one’s arm in order to save it?” asked the master.

“I do not know,” said the prince.

“Then how can you guide your choice for sacrifice? The true path is chosen by our ability to love it, not to suffer for it.”…. Paulo

This is the second video I made as I was waiting for my next appointment I had at Mayo Clinic. Known as one of the best places in the world for medical care, Mayo Clinic, has not only the best doctors, but the patients and staff supply entertainment. Unbelievable! “One day over the rainbow.”  plus “Amazing Grace.” If your going to Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota stay at the “Nazarene Well House,” contact, Linda Scott Day, click here. much more than a bed, their home is filled with love and compassion, my new family!   ”

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NEVER GIVE UP?

Welcome to, “Sunday Morning Coffee,” with Jim. I will be publishing this blog once a month instead of weekly, because I will be getting out of the nursing home and spending my time on getting my body in physical shape to go back to Thailand. I am also working full-time on my book about my journey walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago. This week I will be going with my sister, Joy, and my friend Jimmy Haugen, to visit my brother and family in Wisconsin. Thanks for all your support with my challenges, you all have been my best medicine. I received over 1,000 messages from all over the world in the past seven months; I feel you helped me to grow new legs!

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When do you say, “I have had it?”  I surrender…. I can’t take it anymore!

I have been on my back for seven months and had the nerves burned in my back this week; it was successful. I have my back pain and don’t know it! I will be walking soon as my leg strength returns. I am very happy with the results. However, the other challenge I have with the blood flow to the brain which causes my dizzy almost blacking out issue is still a puzzle. No one can figure it out and my attempt to get into Mayo Clinic is slim, they said it would be six to 12 months to see the doctors. I have seen many doctors with no success on the diagnosis.  So, after many months, I decided to go back to Thailand.

Does this mean; I give up? No, I just don’t know what to do, but will look into some natural healing methods in Thailand. Most of cof 8 10 byou know me and quitting is never an option,  but I am running out of choices.

Is saying, “I surrender,” a sign of weakness?

I am not at the stage to accept living this way the rest of my life. My lifestyle would never be the same, and I just can’t go there. There are many things, I still need to do. Faith is an important part of my life, and I am proof that it works; I have done many things that people told me was unachievable. The only way I did accomplish these impossible dreams is when I changed the word “I,” to  “We,” Today…. I am WE!  “We,” is my Higher Power, God, my friends and the Universe. On my 500-mile journey, I walked by myself, but I was never alone!

When is the right time to quit or do you try one more time?

cof 8 10 cThat’s the magic question, I try never to give up but everyone has a breaking point. Before I reach that point, I look for other options to accomplish my goal. How I do that; I search for someone who  faced  the same challenge. I learn from another’s experience, and that’s how the 12-step program works in A.A. the 12 steps help with any challenge a person may have. In time for me, the thought of drinking  declined and living in peace was my only quest. At that point, I share my life experience with another who may still be suffering. And that’s how and why…. it works!

Everyone has lessons to learn and also teach!

cof 8 10 fI think we have all been there at one time or another. Not sure whether to say, “I have had it,” or try one more time. I have been in recovery from an alcohol and drug problem for quite a few years. I work with a lot of people who are, or trying to get clean and sober. I also spend time with families who want their loved ones to get back on track. I know the pain of feeling so helpless when someone you care about just doesn’t get it, and the only solution is to accept them the way they are; Easy to say, but so difficult to do. I know at that point you can’t give up. HOPE…. is always available if we choose.

ACCEPT, REJECT OR CHANGE.

It is all about change and choices we make plus what we do when we make an incorrect decision, and then how we celebrate the right cof 8 10 athings we do and even the lessons from the wrong choices. That is when my life is filled with gratitude.
I will keep you posted about my life on Face Book, and I do want to know about your life. I am always open to suggestions you may have. Of course, I will be working on new projects when I get back to Thailand and love to have visitors.  Lov, Jim     jimideaman@netzero.net

I invite any comments in the box below.

Sometimes I have to read many stories to add to my blog, it has to be something that relates to my weekly story. This one talks about the gifts of life that comes from things that go wrong. It is from one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho who also walked the Camino and wrote my top choice in books “The Alchemist.” I recommend it! This story came from his book “Like the Flowing River.”

 

The story of the pencil

December 19, 2009 by Paulo Coelho

cof 8 10 gA boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:

‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’

‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’

‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’
‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action’

source: Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho

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Proof…Compassion Needs No Words!

I came across this story I wrote about compassion several years ago when I moved to Thailand to volunteer at an orphanage. I went to be a teacher; my goal was to share my life experiences with these beautiful children.  Little did I know I would quickly become a student to learn about some of the simple lessons I never learned as a child or an adult.  This story is how a six-year-old child would teach me the true meaning of compassion.

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Hope you enjoy your “Sunday Morning Coffee with Jim.”  This story was written Feb. 26, 2012.

I am still in a nursing home, will be having the nerves burned in my back on Thursday, I will soon be walking. Still waiting to get into Mayo Clinic to solve my other challenge, will be on my way back to Thailand as soon as I get back to normal, of course everyone says, “I was never normal?”  

THE IDEA MAN…. Jim Kaszynski, Yahoo Contributor Network
Feb 26, 2012

A Six Year Old, Teaches Compassion!

We have a six-year-old who stays at the orphanage with us in Thailand. His name is Chatagorn. A few days ago, he had a problem with his thumb. It swelled up to twice its normal size. We took him to the emergency room, and they gave him some medicine. Two days later it got worse. We took him back to the hospital, and they had to do surgery; he was terrified. The following day it became infected, so we were looking at the next few days in the hospital.

Most of the children at the orphanage were from the different hill tribes, and the Thai government gives them free health care.  We

Four people sleeping under the hospital bed.

Four people sleeping under the hospital bed.

were in a ward of 30 beds. In Thailand you have to B.Y.O.N. (bring your own nurse) most people have their family stay with them. During the evening, the family sleeps on the bed with the patient or under the bed. See the photo.

 

 

Since we were Chatagorn’s family, the three of us, Fernando, Bally and me (the volunteers) would spend the day and night with him.  I was scheduled for the third night. I was feeling sorry for myself and not looking forward to siting in a chair all night, especially seeing this beautiful child in pain. Little did I know there would be a lesson for me? Yes, six-year-old Chatagorn will become the teacher, and I will be the 66-year-old student!

 

I arrived around nine pm. His brother and sister were watching him and we took them back to the orphanage. My goal was to take his mind off the pain and entertain him with videos and photos I had on my computer; it worked! We were having fun, and he learned how to use my computer in minutes. He would move the mouse and click on the following photo all on his own. He would always look at me for my approval to click on the next photo. Wish I could have learned to use the computer that quickly.

 

cof 8 3 cIt’s around midnight; he is getting sleepy. As I sit next to his bed, I lay my head on the corner of the two-inch mattress. Even though he spoke no English, likewise I not knowing a word of Thai, we communicated. He motioned for me to join him in bed seeing I was uncomfortable sitting in the chair. As I lay next to him, he took his blanket and covered me up. I hugged him, and we went to sleep.

 

All I thought about was this little boy in pain and he still has the compassion for another! Wow…another lesson I learned about life! And yes; from a six-year-old, I still have so much to learn. I love this “LIFE” thing! I remember the saying “It’s better to give than receive.” Today…I disagree with that.

 

This morning I took Chatagorn (my teacher) home from the hospital. He has his contagious smile back. His infection is going away; a “Hollywood” ending, for the both of us.

The story below blends in perfect to my own experience with compassion.  Love you, Jim

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 Some times, rules are meant to be broken! 

Two Buddhist Monks were on a journey, one was a senior monk, the other a junior monk. During their journey they approached a raging river and on the river bank stood a young lady. She was clearly concerned about how she would get to the other side of the river without drowning.

The junior monk walked straight past her without giving it a thought and he crossed the river. The senior monk picked up the woman and carried her across the river. He placed her down, they parted ways with the woman and on they went with the journey.

As the journey went on, the senior monk could see some concern on the junior monk’s mind, he asked what was wrong. The junior monk replied, “How could you carry her like that? You know we cannot touch women, it is against our way of life”. The senior monk answered, “I left the woman at the river’s edge a long way back, why are you still carrying her?
Reference…. A Zen Buddhist Monk Story

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TRUST!

My Father always said, “I would rather go through life trusting people and be lied to once in a while then go to go through life trusting no one!”…. Hope you enjoy your,” Sunday Morning Coffee with Jim.”

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My dad was a great person, and I wanted to be like him. Although he kept telling me, I was OK the way I was. I wondered if he wanted to change that statement when I became a teenager. He was an example of trust; he lived his life trusting others, with that he got respect in return.

 

cof 120 aHowever, what happens when the trust is broken? Is it intentionally or was it because of unforeseen circumstances? Many times when that trust is broken it turns into anger and then the real damage begins with resentments. The word resentments come from the Latin word re-sentire which means to re-feel. The English word has become synonymous with anger and spite.

 

We all know people who had a promise broken and the trust dissolved, only to lead to a lifelong battle. This resentment challenge can go way beyond a person; it may be the color of a person or even a political party. I know people who will not be associated with someone if they are a Republican/ Demarcate or from a different country, all because of a resentment! I don’t trust them, is heard around the world.

 

What has worked for me, if someone has lost trust in me all I can say is, “I am sorry,” sometimes they will accept it? I cannot make cof 120 dsomeone let me back into his or her life if they don’t want it!  If someone has broken the trust, I have with them, I need to forgive them. When I do, I am at peace. Today I have zero resentments against anyone or any place. Believe me, it feels good!

 

This week I am giving my trust in my doctor, he will be burning the nerves on my spine. The good news is I will have pain…. and not know it! I hope to be going to the Mayo Clinic for my brain/ blood flow problem. When I get fully repaired I will be on my way back to Thailand.

 

This story is how we may be looking at things wrong, when we turn things around, trust can be born and our lives can be free of resentments!

Lov…Jim    

Black or White

 

When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with a boy in my class. I have forgotten what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day.

I was convinced that “I” was right and “he” was wrong – and he was just as convinced that “I” was wrong and “he” was right. The teacher decided to teach us a very important lesson.

She brought us up to the front of the class and placed him on one side of her desk and me on the other. In the middle of her desk was a large, round object. I could clearly see that it was black. She asked the boy what color the object was. “White,” he answered.

cof 120 eI couldn’t believe he said the object was white, when it was obviously black! Another argument started between my classmate and me, this time about the color of the object.

The teacher told me to go stand where the boy was standing and told him to come stand where I had been. We changed places, and now she asked me what the color of the object was. I had to answer, “White.”

It was an object with two differently colored sides, and from his viewpoint it was white. Only from my side it was black.

Sometimes we need to look at the problem from the other person’s view in order to truly understand his/her perspective.

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Or was it my first step?

Soon, I will be walking on my own! With my Physical Therapist Adele.

Soon, I will be walking on my own! With my Physical Therapist, Adele.

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DO WE CREATE OUR OWN BUMPS IN THE ROAD?

Let’s all have a Good Morning Coffee with Jim; I hope with no side effects like the coffee coming out of your nose from my enema story!

I don’t know anyone who has not had bumps in his or her life. However, we handle these life encounters differently! I see people responding to things in ways I would not even consider. This is when I realized, my actions many times are not understood by others. The question is, “Can I go around the bumps so a problem can’t even begin, or are the bumps just unavoidable?”

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“Until the whole world is free to agree with you or disagree with you, until you have given the freedom to everyone to like you or not like you, to love you or hate you, to see things as you see them, or to see things differently – until you have given the whole world its freedom – you’ll never have your freedom.” ~ Adyashanti Meditation Masters’s photo.

So much of what I write about now, has the Camino de Santiago 500-mile walking journey experience attached. Walking alone for 56 days without any electronic connection to the world has opened an energy link that I did not know existed. It was filled with peace, serenity and mystery. No, you don’t have to take a 500-mile walk to get to that calm part of life we all seek. For me, I could not avoid these mental mountains I am climbing. Fear can make me or break me. The truth is I am still at peace with everything that’s going on in my life! That doesn’t mean; I never have uncertainty.

cof 720 bFor people who have the courage to change those bumps into a level balance life, (and yes it does take courage,) we face the fear factor! To stay the way we are and conform is easy. This week I was filled with fear, I did not want to stay in the nursing home. I knew if I stayed one more month it would take all my money, and I would not be able to come home for Christmas, which has been a family tradition all my life; I had fear of staying and leaving.  So, I decided to leave, not sure where I would go. A friend offered me a place to stay about four hours away, or I could go back to Thailand, not knowing if I would ever find a solution to my health issue.

CAN…. “OTHER PEOPLE HELP OR HINDER OUR LIFE? 

Or is it really up to me?

One friend said he would support me whatever I decided to do. Everyone else said I was crazy; I had one more appointment coming up that may shed some light on my confusion problem. Other people; could they be right and I am wrong? I must say I am a very open-minded person and I do listen to other people’s view/ opinions. It did not feel right, however, I decided to stay. When I write this, I share what has gone on in my life this week. Even though I know most of you are not in a nursing home, but I feel some of you may be facing choices and not sure where to turn. I do feel you can relate to this uncomfortable position. My final choice is Mayo Clinic and I am working on that. So far, the doctors can’t figure it out, what should I do?  It does not sound complicated to me, the blood does not flow to my brain the way it should!  Which brings me to the “other people,” problem, doctors included.

When we deal with people who cannot see your point of view….cof 720 c

What do we do? Say, “Thank you?”

I think we all have dealt with people who just do not understand when we know; our advice/ experience can benefit them. Of course, this happens often with children; they don’t listen! It‘s like we constantly talk about them….never us. My friend is a huge Chicago Bears fan, and he invariably says, “They lost,” but when they win he says, “We won!”  It’s seemed like we all want to be on the winning side of everything?  And when we’re not; those bumps appear.

Could it be true, if I have a problem with another person, the problem is me?

Alternatively, is it me; not accepting them the way they are…. my solution?

This weeks story; I have read a parable similar to this before, this time I got a different message. Ask yourself, like I did, am I the Farmer, the mule, or one of the person’s watching? Do other people rule or influence how we live? Enjoy and study the story.  Please make a comment below. By the way, I am doing great with my walker, can’t do it alone…yet, the blood flow to the brain still in question?  Love you guys Jim

Face Difficulties Positively

This parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. cof 720 dInitially the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, HE WOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up!” He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him … all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity.

Author Unknown  For me, I have been the farmer, crowd (friends?) and the mule,  today, I ask what my past lesson was? I must always remember to visit the past; and not live there!….J 

The next best thing to a tattoo!

The next best thing to a tattoo!

I am so grateful to my many friends from around the world. David DePhillps, who I never meet in person, has been following me for over a year and heard about the challenges I have been facing. He sent me this as a gift so I can bring back a Camino memory at a glance.  This is the sign that we pilgrims see all along the path of our journey, thanks David for your huge heart. For my pilgrim friends, CLICK HERE for more information. 

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