About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Positive word power

We are all aware that as soon as a word has been uttered, it cannot be taken back or erased. Words have great power and can do inordinate good or cause immense damage. Choosing words carefully, to ensure not offending or causing senseless harm to anyone and treating others how you would want to be treated, to my mind is foremost. Inappropriate behaviour or thoughtless inexcusable actions bear detrimental ramifications, causing hurt that often cannot be rectified. There are always consequences to flagrant abuse whether in words or actions, whilst painfully being received by others can in fact besmirch the character of the perpetrator. Thinking of others, putting a positive spin on what you say can make an enormous difference. Using positive words powerfully changes a situation, boosting morale for yourself and all those around you. The power of positive words can literally enhance life, making you a buoyant, vivacious person who all clamber to be around, simply because you make others feel good. I don't suggest for one moment that you put on an a false act or try to be a "people pleaser", for this would merely be a fa├žade, that ultimately benefits no one, least of all you. However being genuinely cheerful and having positive things to say, to my mind makes all the difference to living the best life you can, especially when grappling with the on-going difficulties of living with any chronic disease.

Going into an optician's shop the other day, as we walked in, a throng of agitated customers clambered around the counter, urgency in their speech and causing the staff to become flustered, whilst others waited somberly on chairs. There wasn't a smile in sight, just an atmosphere filled with tension and anxiety. My husband and I waltzed in jovially laughing and greeted the sales lady who was under extreme pressure from her frantic clients. We calmly seated ourselves and waited patiently for the hubbub of people to dissipate. The saleslady eventually was free to serve us, and after much silliness and hilarity on our part, the atmosphere changed  drastically and we left the shop, the saleslady now smiling and far calmer than when we had first entered. This may sound like a small and inconsequential example, but sometimes it’s the simplest and smallest of things that really make a difference. 

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