Quotes on Hope, Positivity, Loving Others, & Living with Parkinson’s
The past few months have been both rewarding and difficult. These difficult times have changed all of us, directly or indirectly; and my work needed my time outside of writing in my own personal blog and this site.
For work, I have been organizing, writing, submitting, and publishing research/review papers on different aspects of both Parkinson’s disease and educational processes. For personal reasons, I have been writing quotes on many different aspects of life almost every day since March 2020.
Included here are 30 days of personal quotes to help you navigate life in the presence of Parkinson’s.
The quotes were just random thoughts, ideas, and/or expressions that were written either very late at night or first thing in the morning. I have organized the quotes into four categories:
- Living with Parkinson's
- Love and caring for others
- Staying positive and being hopeful
- Life's journey
Quotes about living with Parkinson's disease
Life is never meant to be easy, but living with Parkinson’s can be a real challenge. You will have some very good days, some in between, and some days that are not okay. My hope is that these quotes resonate with you during this downtime to help you keep going into the future.
The notion of how you live out your life with Parkinson's is of special interest to me. Parkinson's disease is uniquely special to each person, most of it is lived deep within and is not usually exposed. Therefore, how you live your life with respect and honor in the presence of Parkinson's matters, it matters a lot.
These quotes were written when something 'felt off' in me, for example, some asymmetry in my hips, some drug dose not quite as effective as it should be, more stiffness than expected for that time of the day, etc. Re-reading these words serves as a simple reminder that not every minute of each day is bad. They reassure me that life with Parkinson's remains a challenge; however, I accept it fully each day.
Day 1: "We cannot lose hope. We must try to remain positive and live each day with this disorder." Frank C. Church
Day 2: "As you get older in life, it’s better to be in pain than to rust, to overuse than not to use; just keep exercising and accept the mainly positive consequences." Frank C Church
Day 3: "Being physically fit is a choice. Exercise your brain, heart, and body. Do it for your whole life-wellness." Frank C. Church
Day 4: "Live each day; your disorder does not own you. Make every new day better; always remember, you are still in charge." Frank C. Church
Day 5: "There will always be events in your life that are memorable. Yet, it is the day-to-day events, the mundane the usual the everyday times that will add-on and build your life, happiness, and success. Every day, every hour, every minute, they all matter." Frank C. Church
Day 6: "Don’t stop believing in your potential and your focus on excellence. Don’t ever lose hope, and never give up on you." Frank C. Church
Day 7: "Parkinson’s will never stop for a break; you must never give in or give up. If this disorder keeps going, you must keep going even stronger. Stay focused, persistent, and determined." Frank C. Church
Quotes about love and caring for others
Being supported by others who care and love you is a very important aspect of life. May these words ring true to your heart as they do to mine.
Maybe you have had the same partner for 40 years (congratulations if so!) or maybe you are like me, married twice, and still trying to sort out this aspect of life. These quotes were meant to establish a baseline feeling for someone, regardless of if that person is a spouse/partner, a very close friend, or someone you are dating. They were all written in a good-stable-emotional place, so the expressions of love and friendship described here are those of a special feeling and sincerity.
Day 8: "What matters the most in life-events is not whether you won or lost (they’ll always be winners and losers) but the thoughtful and caring manner of your effort." Frank C. Church
Day 9: "In the dark, your voice provides the directions onward. In the darkness, your heart lights the path out. In the depth of darkness, your love answers the call and rings the bell of truth and honor." Frank C. Church
Day 10: "Under any life-circumstance, try to make something good from a difficult experience." Frank C. Church
Day 11: "I loved you yesterday. I love you now, today. I will love you the next day, tomorrow; a promise, as will the sun also rise in the morning." Frank C. Church
"I was gathering my thoughts today on loving you.
I was gathering my dreams today on loving you.
I was gathering my hopes today on loving you.
I was gathering my future (years) today on loving you.
I was gathering my feelings today on loving you.
Thoughts, dreams, hopes, future (years), and feelings for you, and I felt you in my heart.
I was gathering much today, all in favor of loving you, and truly being loved by you."
Frank C. Church
Day 13: "Love someone such that there’s no doubt in your mind when you wake up the next morning of their feelings." Frank C. Church
Day 14: "When I say I love you, I mean it so much. When I say I care for you, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. When I do most things in my life that requires me to think deeply, you are always part of that deep thought, you really are part of the fabric of my life." Frank C. Church
Quotes about staying positive and being hopeful
The attitude you bring with you everyday matters, especially with Parkinson’s. Some days it’s easy to lose hope and be negative. I hope these words help you reinforce the positive and to remain hopeful.
If your cup is half-empty, you will not understand me or like any of these quotes below. Simple for me, a positive attitude rules. And since life in the presence of Parkinson's can be such a challenge at times, in my opinion, your attitude matters a lot. Taking the time to focus on the positive and happiness of your situation, even with Parkinson's, you can truly appreciate life. It is imperative you get up, get out, and keep going strong. Staying positive and being hopeful allows you to get up.
My words are usually known to be positive and reinforcing, not reflective of sadness or giving up. I write these quotes usually when a positive thought comes to my mind, when someone crosses my path whom I haven't heard from in a while, or simply, because something positive happened that day, and this hopeful/positive thought needed to be reinforced.
Day 15: "Don't give up, don't ever stop. Don't lose momentum by waiting for credit or validation because if you're doing great, just keep going and don't give up or lose hope." Frank C. Church
Day 16: "Always remember to be positive. Be thoughtful. Be clear during times of confusion. Be mindful. Always strive to be grateful. Be supportive. Be strong during moments of weakness. Be hopeful." Frank C. Church
Day 17: “If you want to be like Michael Jordan, always remember his words ’It started with hope.’ To me that says, work harder than anyone else, take it forward, stay focused, use your natural-talent to your best interest, and never lose hope.” Frank C. Church
Day 18: “The little nagging pain when you stretch in the morning combined with those increasingly common age-related ego-bruising body-injuries. Take care of your body at the same time; live your life being positive, strong, and always caring for others.” Frank C. Church
Day 19: "How you respond to adversity establishes a life-pattern. Hopefully, the result strengthens your resolve to be positive, keep learning, and never to lose your grasp on hope.” Frank C. Church
Day 20: “Keep working. Keep thinking. Keep hope alive. Stay motivated. Stay positive. Stay active. There is always more to do and improve.” Frank C. Church
Day 21: “Positivity is the key that opens the door into a house without any lights on. Hope is the switch that turns on the lights as you enter that same dark house.” Frank C. Church
Quotes about life's journey
Life is a journey, and life’s journey with Parkinson’s requires tenacity and balance. May these words assist your journey as you manage daily life with Parkinson’s.
You may journey alone or with your family or a group of friends, regardless, your journey continues with Parkinson's. And for most of us, the life you lead with Parkinson's will be long and hopefully, a successful journey. Have more fun, or take more time to breathe the fresh air with your life's journey. Whatever it takes, always remember, it is your journey. If you are satisfied, then so be it.
These quotes were all written when I had taken a pause/break, a big gulp of air, or a recommitment to do something different. And I simply reminded myself; hey you, your life's here, why not take off and soar today!
Day 22: “Be an inspiration for other people-with-Parkinson’s such that they might say, because of you, I did not give up.” Frank C. Church
Day 23: “We start a new journey every day. And while the destinations vary from day to day, the collective paths will ultimately accumulate to be the road of our life.” Frank C. Church
Day 24: “Challenging times lead to challenging decisions. Embrace the challenge and trust your instincts to make the best decision.” Frank C. Church
Day 25: “Some days they’ll be clouds and rain in your life, and you’ll forget these times. In its place, stay focused, don’t panic, breathe and stay calm, and keep moving forward. This collective and sustained effort will bring the sunshine with you.” Frank C. Church
Day 26: “You are still in charge of the script of your life. Your task is to compose the most hopeful and helpful storyline and then live it the way you want.” Frank C. Church
Day 27: “The current moment was a gift to you. Your life is composed of many such moments. Be mindful of this time. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Live it fully.” Frank C. Church
Day 28: “As the sun rises this morning, do something that is meaningful today that will make you proud tomorrow.” Frank C. Church
“You are always learning. You are always growing. You take positive from negative. You build strength from weakness. Your heart expands as you experience loving relationships. You create hope from moments of doubt. The strengths of your character positively evolve as you live through your life.” Frank C. Church
Day 30: “Live your life with a prism reflecting rays of hope. Keep your life in the present moment by balancing the past and future. And strive to give others support by sharing your courage, compassion, knowledge, and love.” Frank C. Church
Cassandra Clare said that “we live and breathe words." If any of these quotes resonate with you and help in any way during your daily life with Parkinson's, then I am most happy. I end this (very long) post with a picture of my favorite bird (a pelican resting on a pier at the beach) and one final quote. Stay healthy and be safe.
Are there any quotes that help you in your PD journey? Share in the comments below.
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