Gratitude


STOP Cutting Corners

STOP Cutting Corners!


Part of my STOP Cutting Corners presentation is the revealing of an emotional journey that comes about when dealing with a serious injury. Although the journey started with Disbelief, Anger and Frustration, the final destination I leave audiences with is “Gratitude”. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to share with as many people as I do. I am grateful for the time that each person has given to hear my story. I am grateful you are taking time to read this blog. I am grateful to be able to enrich the lives of others by sharing a message with a positive impact.

Immediately after my injury things looked pretty grim and the odds of getting my thumb back were pretty small. I am grateful for the surgical team that attempted to put my hand back together and the nurse’s words when I “came to” after 6 hours of surgery … she said “it was a miracle the way all of the tiny little pieces of bone fit together”. Even though my hand isn’t 100%, I am grateful for the functionality I have.

I am grateful for such a wonderful province and country and the opportunity for Healthcare that was provided. I am grateful for the Hand clinic and the hours of rehabilitation at the Wascana Rehab I was able to access. I am grateful for the care and love of my family, friends and co-workers.

I took time to give blood the other day … I revel in the fact my blood type is B Positive, because I enjoy being positive. There have been many studies attempting to link the role of a positive attitude to recovery from an injury and illness. The results appear to read in both directions, but personally I feel a positive attitude and gratefulness are attributes that reach far beyond what our minds comprehend.

At this time of year please take time to express your gratitude toward others. I would encourage everyone to show gratitude for your health and safety by finding a way to give to others less fortunate during this Christmas season.

I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Duane

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