My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Resting :) with some Therapist's Thoughts

The next two days are rest days for preparing for our 1/2 marathon on Saturday.  I've been telling Steve I'm on rest mode and he just doesn't seem to believe me :)!  Sounds kind of nice for a moment but really would be so hard if you had to, right!

What is it with grey/yellow combo that is just so fun?  Whenever I wear the combo it seems someone tells me its a good combo so I just keep going with it.  I think my new little purchase, yellow belt, from Target is going to be put to some fun use this summer.   This little yellow tee from Banana Republic years ago has been a hit as are these old white capris from Old Navy.  This grey cardigan from Ann Taylor is a favorite - I wish I had it in other colors.  I recall someone telling me that after they went blind they generally just wore black.  I love black and that is great if that is what you like to do, but I have found my love for colors and dressing up has not changed with blindness -- just don't need the mirror like I used to.   I'm kind of excited that I actually got my belt in this picture that I took :)!

How do you give someone the gift of self-confidence, belief in themselves, and not worry what others think?  I work on this journey each day with clients.  One client told me today, you seem to be at peace.  I said, well I have the opportunity to share  this message with so many clients - perhaps a little bit stays with me :).
I also believe that is one of the gifts that Retinitis Pigmentosa has given me.  I laughed remember running into a neighbor at the grocery store years ago shortly after I had quit driving.  She said, wow I don't think anyone would want to be you.   When you think about that statement ... how freeing!  I just had to come from a place of feeling peace to be myself.

Ponder:

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.  Walt Whitman

Deep thoughts ... maybe I better go rest :).

4 comments:

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Interesting post. Self-esteem problems can be lifetime.

What has worked for me - personally - not speaking for others:

*Small goals - and celebrate achievements (with others)
* Living in the moment (This REALLY helps. Once you conquer this, you realise that you can conquer your whole life experience)
* Mix with people who lift your confidence.
* Write down your talents and achievements (Often we forget)& give thanks for them
* Avoid the dogma of religious institutions which tell you how bad you are.
* Notice things that you love ... and share them.
* Do something for someone else.
* Find a way to conquer your fears.

I suppose, in the end, its all about finding peace with your own identity (as you have eluded)

Good luck with your race, Becky.
With love
C

wendy said...

why...for some...does it seem so hard to become AT PEACE with yourself.

good luck on your 1/2 marathon. AMAZING

Retired Duo said...

Have a good 1/2 marathon. Stay safe.

Becky said...

Thank you so much for your well wishes on the run and wisdom, Maxmom, Wendy & Retired Duo.