Sunday, October 7, 2012

September was a good month

I haven't sewn anything new since my TSW eDress but I've altered and hemmed and planned for next weeks sewing retreat/workshop in Winter Park FL with Louise Cutting and Linda Lee.    I was all ready to attend last year but too near the very end of the risky TPE treatments and my blood pressure became too low to even consider leaving town.  But that is history and when I finished and went to Johns Hopkins on October 27, a year ago, and got the catheter removed, I scored 39 out of 49 on their neurological test.  At my six month check-up on Tuesday September 25 and I scored a perfect score on the neurology test - 49 out of 49.    I will be driving myself to Florida!

I believe that nothing happens by chance.  We can let others make decisions for us or we can take charge of our own destiny.  There are choices.  If I hadn't taken charge of my life and my body, I wouldn't be where I am today.

I listen to my inner voice.   On one trip to Washington back in 2006 before I retired, I was driving up I85 and was nearly to the VA line.   At the time I drove a Chevy Malibu.  Traffic was moving along nicely and I was coming up on a rest stop and didn't really need to stop for anything.  But something said, stop there and take a break.  I never stopped at a rest stop without a reason before.  So I pulled in and parked for about 15 minutes.    As I drove out and approached the highway, the  traffic was at a standstill.   I merged in with the cars and just a few miles up the road several cars were upside down or turned over - one a Chevy Malibu exactly like mine.    I've had many experiences where a simple, seemingly innocuous choice or decision - some call it intuition, led me to a person or to a different path and consequence than if I hadn't acted upon the suggestion.   

Life is a journey.  Along this segment of mine I have been connected with, and embraced by many wonderful and interesting people who gave me precious gifts of encouragement and comfort, some I've never met except virtually and by phone.   I avoid narcissists and their negativity, greed and selfishness.  My journey isn't over, and as with all my other life experiences,  this one has been a great teacher.