Response-Ability To Dis-Abilitiy

I had a stroke this week

How to get a private parking spaceIt’s one way to get a private parking space. I doubt the trade off will be worth it though.

Otherwise, it was a good week. Each day we wake up, we never really know what lies ahead on our journey. Stuff happens. Are we mentally prepared for the worst case scenario?

Life does not always follow our appointment calendar. My biggest concern for a few days was changing my scheduled work appointments and feeling guilty for not being able to meet some deadlines I had set for my clients. Now, my biggest concern is hoping they will allow me a little more time and be willing to accept my new slower pace.

The BrainThe brain is a marvelous thing. We take it and our other body functions pretty much for granted until something goes wrong with it. Typing this post is a lot harder, what with my new left hand wackyness. I’ve heard that you can re-train your brain with effort and rehabilitation. Let the training begin.

My normal positive outlook on life should keep me on course. I must admit that I’m moving into the acceptance mode from the denial mode reluctantly. I just thought I was having a hunger pain and the dizziness and funny walking gait would go away after a little food and rest. Not so.

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke. It’s pretty serious.

They seem so much like just a momentary thing. It took me about 36 hours to even give serious consideration to my wife’s recommendations to see a doctor. Maybe it’s the male machismo thing or “that will never happen to me” attitude.

Well, that was “wrong thinking”. It did happen to me. And, now I have to deal with it.

Listen closely to those who love us.

Response Ability Overcomes Dis AbilityI will not let this get me down though. I’ve written before about “Response-Ability”. It applies to everything in life. How we respond to what happens to us determines our happiness.

So, for now, I will walk a little funny. That’s not a big deal. After all, I wear a Big NameTag at networking events. It can’t be much more unusual than that. So when you see me at an event next time, and I’m walking a little slower, rejoice with me that my little stroke could have been a lot worse. I have been blessed to retain the movement of my hands, my ability to speak, and the awareness of my mind.

I will continue to be That Sales Guy, Your Internet Sales Consultant, a caring husband, father, and grandpa. Just a little slower getting from hear to there. I love life and am happy to continuing enjoying my journey through it. I will not let a little “dis-ability” affect my “response-ability”.

 
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By: Howard Howell

 
Howard is an Internet Sales Consultant. He speaks professionally about Web Marketing and Sensible Selling from an experienced entrepreneur’s viewpoint. He also provides individual coaching, group training, and web marketing consulting services. Contact him now.
Published On: August 28, 2010  |   Updated On: August 31, 2010
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26 Responses to Response-Ability To Dis-Abilitiy

  1. Bless you, Howard. I'm so glad that you are okay.

  2. Sharon says:

    Thank the Lord every day. And don't put off till tomorrow – anything.

  3. Tammy Redmon says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey the pas weeks Howard. The power of a positive mindset is key to your FULL recovery. And I acknowledge your for keeping the focus on where you are going. Listen to your loving family, and please allow them to support you during this time. As hard as that might be for you. Many blessings and prayers are coming your way.

  4. Thank you for you caring. Going back to this post, I just noticed that I miss-spelled the last Ability. Sorry. …hh

  5. Miles Austin says:

    Great to see you back at the keyboard Howard…and you are worried about typos!

    Another challenge in your path and it sounds like you are working it like all the rest, with focus and purpose. Another teaching point (of the many you have already experienced) to share with those you connect with. You have always had a powerful life story and now you can add your stroke and lessons learned, as you are already doing.

    You have many that care about you Howard, and we are here to help you in whatever way we can. You simply need to let us know how.

    My respect and prayers, my friend.

    Miles

  6. Shannon Evans says:

    Howard,
    Holy Cow! You don’t do anything half-way do you??? So here is my advice for what it is worth:
    1. Get up and get moving. Stay moving. Swim, walk, whatever…just keep moving!
    2. Change your diet. NO more funeral potatoes. That stuff will kill you! Join me on the “change your diet and stay alive so you can keep your kids annoyed with you diet”.
    3. Celebrate life. All of it! You have had your fair share of ups and downs. Look at this ‘event’ as a gift. It is another way to be a living example to your children and grandchildren about the indominantable spirit you have.
    4. And get that BOOK WRITTEN! NOW!
    Much love and healing thoughts going your way from my house to yours,
    Shannon

  7. Sergey Dunayev says:

    Sorry to hear about what happened and glad to know that you are better now. Take it easy, please take care of yourself, God bless you!

  8. Thank you Howard for being so open about your past week. Wow, so glad you are OK and yes, Life throws us stuff when we least expect it. You have a fabulous outlook on life and so glad you are OK. Glad to hear you are going to take it easy for a bit, let us all know when you are back on your feet! Take care.

  9. Andrea says:

    Howard, I just had the breath taken from me for a moment. I am glad you are well. As Sharon mentions…I also look forward to the book you will be writing and all the other nuggets you offer to entrepreneurs.

    I look forward to our next pow wow when you are ready.

  10. janinegregor says:

    Hi Howard,

    Thank you for sharing. I'm glad to hear you are doing well. The nice thing about virtual work is that there is no walking involved! 🙂 Take care of yourself and please listen to 'Mrs. Sales Guy'.

  11. Liz Muniz says:

    Howard,

    You are amazing! I'm so glad that you're alright and that you're sharing your experience. Not to worry about a thing…you take the time you need to heal and be well. Meanwhile, the team here at AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet wishes you the very best. You are a bright and wonderful person we are glad to know and work with. Take care of yourself….that's that's the #1 thing!

  12. Richard says:

    That's the spirit Howard! Take care of yourself and let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  13. Nancy Juetten says:

    Howard, All my best to you as you recover, step by deliberate step. And hugs to everyone in your family, as well.

    Nancy Juetten

  14. Sandy Dell says:

    Glad to hear you are doing well. Thanks for sharing with all of us your temporary set-back. With your positive attitude, I am sure you will recover quickly!

    Best,
    GiftRepSandy

  15. Hello, Howard,

    The good wishes just keep coming your way, and deservedly so. You are an inspiration to many as you use your positive mindset to adjust to the changes in your life. Thanks for sharing so openly, and for demonstrating the power of resilience.

    ~ Patricia

  16. Lin says:

    Hi Howard–Glad you are doing well! Next time “listen to your wife!” 😉
    Cheers!
    Lin Sanford

  17. Oh my word, Howard, I didn’t know! And you’re doing blog posts already!? You don’t sound like a “slow Grandpa” to me! Feel better. Take is EASY. You know I’m not far away if you need something. (Though my teenager might have my car 🙂

  18. Dhamblin says:

    You're a true blessing to know Howard… I know when I broke my neck it did change my life but as each year that we get older it's hard for us to think that we have to listen to our bodies. I'm so glad that your okay. I'm sure that getting used to your left hand will be just a blink of a eye to you and you will use in in your sales teaching… Wait I think you have already have…

  19. …Thank You everyone for your kind words and caring. I am doing fine 1 week after the event and hope to be back to normal soon. …Howard

  20. Dhamblin says:

    You're a true blessing to know Howard… I know when I broke my neck it did change my life but as each year that we get older it's hard for us to think that we have to listen to our bodies. I'm so glad that your okay. I'm sure that getting used to your left hand will be just a blink of a eye to you and you will use in in your sales teaching… Wait I think you have already have…

  21. …Thank You everyone for your kind words and caring. I am doing fine 1 week after the event and hope to be back to normal soon. …Howard

  22. Nimma says:

    That’s an apt answer to an inseretting question

  23. It’s great to find someone so on the ball

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