Anticipating problems

24 Oct

Something inspirational:

“Dig the well before you are thirsty.”

CHINESE PROVERB

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Caring less

23 Oct

It mattered to me what other people thought. I pleased others first. I cared too much, then I learned it was more important to please myself that in fact I needed to care less.

When we care less that doesn’t mean we care less about the people who are important in our lives, but caring less means letting go of concerns about caring what other people think, about the people who don’t care about us, about the friendships we struggle with and caring …

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Emotions and disability

22 Oct

Disability is enormously difficult for the child with the disability. Not only is disability difficult for the child, but it’s also difficult for the family dealing with a sibling or child who is disabled. I’m not sure how many people consciously stop to think about that concept. We just assume it’s business as usual. Families just get on as the world goes by.

I’m lucky that my CP wasn’t debilitating and that I am able to live a normal life, but emotionally I have come to understand and know what it was like not to talk about or deal with my emotions around …

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A Soichiro Honda quote

21 Oct

Something inspirational:

“The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred.”

SOICHIRO HONDA

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Aluminium and its effects

20 Oct

You might be surprised to discover that the metal aluminium is the 3rd most abundant element in the earth’s crust, after oxygen and silicon. In addition to obvious uses in cars and aeroplanes and construction, in our daily lives, it is found in many household items such deodorants, cooking utensils and food packaging.

In 1970, a Canadian research team found that there was a connection between our intake of aluminum and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. High levels of aluminum concentrations were found …

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What is normal?

19 Oct

What is normal? I’ve asked myself that question many times before. What one person perceives as being normal, another person won’t. My own definition of normal is something that’s usual or typical or something expected that doesn’t deviate from the norm.

Normal seems to be based around behaviour. When it comes to us evaluating our own behaviour, we decide how to act and what is normal, based on our perceptions of how we see others …

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A Noel Fitzpatrick quote

18 Oct

Something inspirational:

“People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”

PROFESSOR NOEL FITZPATRICK, veterinary surgeon

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Looking after ourselves

17 Oct

When it comes to us looking after ourselves, it’s a balance… between work life and our personal life and is definitely not as easy as it sounds. In reality it takes many years for us to hone and fully understand how to look after ourselves and even then some of us won’t get it right.

Looking after ourselves means we not only have to learn how to become independent for the first time, but we also have to look after our emotional and physical health so that we’re not constantly …

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Forms of abuse

16 Oct

Having witnessed first hand emotional abuse, I understand all too well its signs and won’t tolerate it now.

Abuse doesn’t have to be someone shouting, yelling or screaming at us. That’s just one form of abuse. Unfortunately abuse comes in many other forms too including intimidation, sarcasm, humiliation …

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A Carrie Bradshaw quote

15 Oct

Something inspirational:

“Life gives you lots of chances to screw up which means you have just as many chances to get it right.”

CARRIE BRADSHAW

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