“Thankfulness and self-pity cannot coexist at the same time in the same heart. Whichever one is allowed ascendancy displaces the other. As it has been said, ‘You cannot serve two masters. Either you will love the one and hate the other or you will cling to the one and despise the other.’
That’s why at InMotion we people with Parkinson’s constantly encourage each other in thanksgiving. We remind each other that we have a lot going for us. We have a great facility in which to thrive. We have some of the best instructors possible. Our equipment is top notch. There is a variety to accommodate every level of physical ability. We also have classes every day to develop our creative sides. Our staff is kind and capable, never snippy or condescending. Volunteers exude enthusiasm and care. In short, thankfulness wafts from InMotion like the aroma of freshly baked bread.
That is not to say that we never experience down days. We do. Sometimes our bodies and minds fail to maintain positivity. Self-pity displaces our normal thankfulness. That’s when we experience the power of our community. We look out for each other, nurture each other, encourage each other. We bring back to mind all that we have going for us rather than what is against us. We choose to cling to thankfulness and despise self-pity.”