Good things take time

We often forget to be patient with ourselves. When we stumble, we begin to criticize ourselves developing a negative mindset. Over time, this will keep derail us and our persistence diminishes causing us to give up.

Instead, as we move forward remember it is acceptable to sometimes take a moment to re-access the situation, take a breath, but then get back up and keep going. To grow and achieve our goal we must be consistent even if we only take baby steps.

When I started, I could barely hold my leg up behind me. Often, I fell over and struggled to keep wanting to practice but stayed focused and kept pushing.

Because I kept pushing/practicing I can now do spinal balance -lifting one
hand and holding my leg behind me. I still have not reached perfection but
there is no perfection in Yoga there is only the best you can do. By being
patient and consistent progress has been made and will continue to be made.

We all face set backs at times but when we have patients with ourselves, we keep going and good things happen. Never give up and always remeber that the smallest of steps forward counts.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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