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Old 9 December 2022, 08:35 PM   #91
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There is a saying and it is not by statute or wealth etc, it’s by being a good person.

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Old 9 December 2022, 09:39 PM   #92
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Old 9 December 2022, 11:51 PM   #93
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After struggling with the effects of a brain injury, including being unable to do my job any longer, the psychologist I was seeing one day felt it was time to tell me this: You can CHOOSE to thrive in your new circumstances.

Something clicked in my head and heart, and I made that choice. He was right.
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Old 10 December 2022, 12:13 AM   #94
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After struggling with the effects of a brain injury, including being unable to do my job any longer, the psychologist I was seeing one day felt it was time to tell me this: You can CHOOSE to thrive in your new circumstances.

Something clicked in my head and heart, and I made that choice. He was right.
What a fantastic thought provoking message. Thank you Joey
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Old 10 December 2022, 12:13 AM   #95
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After struggling with the effects of a brain injury, including being unable to do my job any longer, the psychologist I was seeing one day felt it was time to tell me this: You can CHOOSE to thrive in your new circumstances.

Something clicked in my head and heart, and I made that choice. He was right.
it is all about perspective brother.

and perspective is a choice. absolutely.

great to hear about your experience. thanks for sharing. this is amazing.
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Old 10 December 2022, 12:41 AM   #96
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it is all about perspective brother.

and perspective is a choice. absolutely.

great to hear about your experience. thanks for sharing. this is amazing.
Thanks. I spent a year being bitter about what Id lost in the assault, trying to figure out how to get my old life back. I had no faith in psychology, but the doc I saw for two years was much smarter than I. At the right time in my therapy, he made his simple statement about choosing to thrive, and for some reason, I was ready to hear it.

I choose to ride 150,000 miles around North America on my motorcycle. I became a ski patroller doing basic first aid, then the director of the ski and mountain bike patrol at my resort. We sold the family home in town of 26 years and built our dream home in the pine woods. And every step of the way, I remembered the docs words, that my life was a series of choices.

I can honestly say that Ive never once wished I was back in the Emergency Department waiting for terrible things to happen to people.
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Old 10 December 2022, 12:47 AM   #97
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Thanks. I spent a year being bitter about what Id lost in the assault, trying to figure out how to get my old life back. I had no faith in psychology, but the doc I saw for two years was much smarter than I. At the right time in my therapy, he made his simple statement about choosing to thrive, and for some reason, I was ready to hear it.

I choose to ride 150,000 miles around North America on my motorcycle. I became a ski patroller doing basic first aid, then the director of the ski and mountain bike patrol at my resort. We sold the family home in town of 26 years and built our dream home in the pine woods. And every step of the way, I remembered the docs words, that my life was a series of choices.

I can honestly say that Ive never once wished I was back in the Emergency Department waiting for terrible things to happen to people.

goosebumps brother. you are in inspiration to me.
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Old 10 December 2022, 12:53 AM   #98
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Thanks. I spent a year being bitter about what Id lost in the assault, trying to figure out how to get my old life back. I had no faith in psychology, but the doc I saw for two years was much smarter than I. At the right time in my therapy, he made his simple statement about choosing to thrive, and for some reason, I was ready to hear it.

I choose to ride 150,000 miles around North America on my motorcycle. I became a ski patroller doing basic first aid, then the director of the ski and mountain bike patrol at my resort. We sold the family home in town of 26 years and built our dream home in the pine woods. And every step of the way, I remembered the docs words, that my life was a series of choices.

I can honestly say that Ive never once wished I was back in the Emergency Department waiting for terrible things to happen to people.
Well done & more wind at your back.
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Old 10 December 2022, 01:00 AM   #99
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Thanks. I spent a year being bitter about what Id lost in the assault, trying to figure out how to get my old life back. I had no faith in psychology, but the doc I saw for two years was much smarter than I. At the right time in my therapy, he made his simple statement about choosing to thrive, and for some reason, I was ready to hear it.



I choose to ride 150,000 miles around North America on my motorcycle. I became a ski patroller doing basic first aid, then the director of the ski and mountain bike patrol at my resort. We sold the family home in town of 26 years and built our dream home in the pine woods. And every step of the way, I remembered the docs words, that my life was a series of choices.



I can honestly say that Ive never once wished I was back in the Emergency Department waiting for terrible things to happen to people.
You're story somewhat parallels my wife's journey.

She did not suffer trauma like you did in the physical sense, but she did in the emotional sense.

She left her career of 20+ years at family and children services where she served on a national child sex trafficking task force. The things she endured, the things she saw and heard are unimaginable. No person should be in that line of work that long. It takes a toll.

She left it all behind about a year ago, and is a much happier, healthier person.

Lesson: letting go of the past is a process, you have to be ready to receive your future.

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Old 10 December 2022, 01:11 AM   #100
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Had lunch w/ my dad yesterday. He turns 92 in January. It reminded me of an important life lesson.

My dad ruled the roost at our house. Although mom was also a disciplinarian, dad was the tip of the spear. They made a great team for 67 years.

I gave my dad way too many opportunities & reasons to punish me growing up and he made sure to follow thru. I was not beat or tortured but dad had no problem letting us know who's boss.

But there where just a couple rare occasions where punishment was doled out, but I hadn't done anything wrong. When my dad found out he was mistaken he came to me to apologize. I was shocked. The guy with the most power in the household had the humility to admit when he was wrong. Might be the most important lesson I ever learned.
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Old 10 December 2022, 01:15 AM   #101
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Had lunch w/ my dad yesterday. He turns 92 in January. It reminded me of one of an important life lesson.

My dad ruled the roost at our house. Although mom was also a disciplinarian, dad was the tip of the spear. They made a great team for 67 years.

I gave my dad way too many opportunities & reasons to punish me growing up and he made sure to follow thru. I was not beat or tortured but dad had no problem letting us know who's boss.

But there where just a couple rare occasions where punishment was doled out, but I hadn't done anything wrong. When my dad found out he was mistaken he came to me to apologize. I was shocked. The guy with the most power in the household had the humility to admit when he was wrong. Might be the most important lesson I ever learned.
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Thanks for sharing. My parents have never admitted to being wrong about anything. Still love them, but they naturally lost a fair amount of my respect behaving that way.
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Old 10 December 2022, 01:26 AM   #102
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Lesson: letting go of the past is a process, you have to be ready to receive your future.
I am glad your wife is healing. There is a tremendous amount of truth and wisdom in that brief sentence.
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Old 10 December 2022, 01:49 AM   #103
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This is such a great story. Thanks for sharing!!


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Old 10 December 2022, 01:51 AM   #104
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Some great stories here guys...

An old guy I met when I first moved to LA and who hung out with us was in his 80s and he'd played professional baseball, football and basketball during his long life.

His saying was "life is a just a series of adjustments".

This was us back then and Lou in the middle, and the other picture was his football team pic. Last name Fink.
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Old 10 December 2022, 01:52 AM   #105
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Thank you Joey.
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Old 10 December 2022, 06:17 AM   #106
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As the captain of an FDNY truck company with lots of type A personalities I always told them to “do the right thing, even when no one is looking”

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Old 13 December 2022, 11:43 AM   #107
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I have another, directly in regards to what spurred this thread, the Wagyu deal.

Just being expensive doesn’t make something nice or enjoyable to you. Life is full of really great moments, experiences, and yes, even things that are not pricey, but very valuable.
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Old 13 December 2022, 12:03 PM   #108
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Old 13 December 2022, 12:10 PM   #109
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Very true.

Ive referred to my Mennonite upbringing here in the past and this reminds me of a little gem my mother used to use on us as kids .

Your sins will find you out

That always scared the begeepers out of me. So did church
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Old 10 January 2023, 02:15 AM   #111
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Many battles aren't worth fighting: with your wife, who's otherwise great, with your boss, who knows something is stupid but has to do what he's told, with a cranky toddler who only wants to wear purple today.

Conversely, don't be a doormat. Some battles are worth fighting. Some battles are worth fighting even if you think you'll lose.

Try to find your own principles, and let them guide your judgement.
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Old 10 January 2023, 11:45 PM   #112
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After struggling with the effects of a brain injury, including being unable to do my job any longer, the psychologist I was seeing one day felt it was time to tell me this: You can CHOOSE to thrive in your new circumstances.

Something clicked in my head and heart, and I made that choice. He was right.
Excellent and inspiring!
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