Posts Tagged ‘healing’

Healing is a choice | @aquarry #12Days4Good

December 18, 2016

Healing is a choice made by an individual. And then it requires a team effort to succeed.

We can decide that life has hammered us so hard there is no hope of us recovering.  We’re down and we are going to stay down.  We’ve all been there.  It’s a deep, dark place.

Healing is a process. And it begins when we choose not to be entombed. We refuse to be buried alive. We realize that our wounds can heal. We have enough strength left to start inching forward again. There are signs of life.

One of the strongest actions we can take in our existence here on the third rock from the sun is to ask for help. To let our families and friends know that we could use a hand.  “We’re struggling a little bit over here guys. Please don’t feel sorry for me, that’s not the point, but how about a hug?”

As a person who deals with chronic depression I know that Christmas time can be very difficult to handle.  Sometimes Santa’s sack seems to be full with lumps of coal instead of toys and joys. A vast majority of us in the healing process have good coping skills. And support of our loved ones.  We can enjoy the spirit of the season.  

One of the best ways to help ourselves is to help others. What a great feeling!  We feel better and better as we understand how even our smallest acts of kindness are assisting the healing process for others. At this time of the year it might be a cash donation to the Food Bank. It might be helping someone dig their car out of a snow bank.  It might be a smile and a ‘hello’ on a crowded sidewalk.  It could be giving a family member a hug or sharing a pleasant memory with them.

I do not believe that Christmas is about shopping and exchanging gifts.  I believe Christmas is about sharing and caring. We help each other simply by caring for each other with just a little more understanding and kindness.

We help, we help heal

“True healing is the willingness to treat yourself and others better than the past ever did.”

Merry Christmas!!! Be a Do Gooder !!!
-by Alan Quarry

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Building a Healthy Community Where All Thrive #12daysforgood

December 14, 2014

12 days for good healing

by Sandra O’Hagan Personal Training Specialist at SO Full of Life

Imagine for a moment what it might be like not being able to lift your arm or not being able to walk because your leg won’t move the way it should or hearing your own voice and the words are slurred. This was my reality five years ago after a spontaneous bleed in my brain caused me to lose functionality and left me dependent on others for care and support.

Being blessed with wonderful family, friends and neighbours I was able to fully recover and heal and ultimately return to a rewarding career. That would have been the end of my story except I felt this was a message that I needed to listen to.

There are so many in our community who are not so fortunate and suffer with health issues, lack of food, warm clothing, supportive family or even a roof over their heads. How would they recover from something so debilitating as a brain bleed or other health crisis?

We often take our health for granted until we don’t have it. What a gift it is to have options and choices in caring for ourselves and staying well. Thousands in our community are not so blessed.

12 days for good sandra o'hagan

I ultimately quit my job 3 years ago and started my health and wellness business and knew that I wanted to do more in the community. With that in mind, I became passionate about the work of House of Friendship and specifically their food hamper program. Upon learning that thousands of people, often gainfully employed, required this assistance, helping with deliveries and fundraising has been a gift for me.

I am honoured to be part of the 12 Days for Good Campaign and to contribute in my small way with HEALING and helping “BUILD A HEALTHY COMMUNITY WHERE ALL CAN BELONG AND THRIVE”.

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