Magical Maureen, by Cindy DeLuz

Magical Maureen, by Cindy DeLuz

JUNE 23, 2013 | by Darcy Blake | Our good friend Elaine shared a quote with us that we find particularly profound. The excerpt originated in a cover story for Good Housekeeping, that has been picked up by USA Today, and  Hunffington Post, and quoted by public broadcaster/documentary filmmaker Dave Iverson.

There is a rule in acting called, “Don’t play the result.”  If you have a character who’s going to end up in a certain place, don’t play that until you get there. Play each scene and each beat as it comes. And that is what you do in life. You don’t play the result.  Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox’s wise philosophy exemplifies the lives of the women in the Parkinson’s Women Support. The founding members of PWS have gathered together for over sixty lunches during the past 5 years, and they would most certainly agree, that you’d be hard pressed to find a more upbeat, dynamic, humorous, and engaged bunch of women who do not wallow their medical diagnosis. Not only are they up for meeting a physical challenge with exercise and alternative modes of well-being, but they have busy calendars full of traveling, fundraising, professional accomplishments, family obligations, and more.

These are women who in some cases, adhere to heavy medication regiments, and if they have had Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), they deal with metal apparatus in their chests and heads. Some of our bunch are confined to wheelchairs, and some speak in whispers, or shuffle like snails, but in spite of the baggage of Parkinson’s Disease, they attend the luncheons determined to have a meaningful, uplifting experience. Our luncheons never fail to deliver inspirational bliss. Comraderie is a natural elixir that we all value.

The trick for not playing the result is put your mind over matter. If you have a wobble, a slow gait or a whisper knocking at your door, you don’t have to let it overpower what you were going to do before it came along. As long as you aren’t creating a hazard for yourself, and you are physically able to do it, proceed with what you want to accomplish. If you’re passionate about what you are doing in your life, your will and passion can trump many bothersome physical nuisances.  You are not denying that your condition is there, and you are not hiding it. You are just not allowing to take over at this moment. When you can no longer do what you had intended to do, you will choose another path.

This selective focus technique reminds me of a quote that is posted in front of the treadmill at the PWR! Gym in Tucson, Arizona.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.  Mahatma Ghandi

When you put yourself fully into the task you have chosen, you’re in charge, and that’s a very good feeling for a Parkie.

For a super example of our wonderful women, check out the website of gifted artist Cindy DeLuz, whose illustration, Magical Maureen is above! http://cindydeluzstudio.com  Also, check out our friend athlete Marlene McNew’s fundraising site for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society LLS  to fund blood cancer research. She also did a sprint triathlon for them last fall. http://svmb.heros.llsevent.org/falltri

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