Be the change...

I had planned on writing about a different topic today, then I read a post that made me change my mind. Today’s post is not about having Parkinson’s, it’s about being human. Each of us who live with a Parkinsons Disease is, after all, a person first. We live with Parkinson’s but are not defined by it.

Those of you who have been around for a while, like me, have seen some changes in the culture we live. We are more divided now than I ever remember, and civil discourse has become an endangered concept. I believe most people want a more loving and compassionate world. You’ve heard the phrase “Be the change you want to see in the world”. I think this is a good start.

“I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As the world fights to figure this all out, I'll be holding doors for strangers, letting people cut in front of me in traffic, saying good morning, keeping babies entertained in grocery lines, stopping to talk to someone who is lonely, tipping generously, calling you by the name on your tag, waving at police, sharing food, giving children a thumbs-up, being patient with sales clerks and smiling at passerby’s as often as I am provided the opportunity, buying a total stranger a cup of coffee.

Because? I will not stand idly by and live in a world where unconditional love is invisible.

Join me in showing love, judging less. Find your own way to swing the pendulum in the direction of love.

Be kind to a stranger today and everyday. It just may be a friend you have never met. Pay it forward for any kindness shown to you in the past.

Be the change!!!
Be the light!!
Start TODAY!”

Written by Cidney Donahoo

Parkinson's Place