While walking through the kitchen earlier today, I noticed my neighbor’s dog, Mimi, in my backyard and immediate panic set in. My neighbor, Dessie, lives three houses down from me. My panic wasn’t over Mimi’s apparent escape from her yard with the invisible fence, but the possibility of Dessie needing medical attention. She had suffered a stroke six months ago and uses a walker for support. I often see her out in her backyard slowly making her way across the grass. Even though she was recovering well, the thought of ‘what if’ flashed through my mind.

Dessie isn’t your typical 90 year old. She is sharp as a tack with a great sense of humor, and her social calendar is busier than mine. She’s also a master gardener. Dessie’s flower beds put the rest of the neighborhood to shame. She moved here about eight years ago, and has since planted every tree, shrub, bulb and blossom in her yard and magnificent  flower beds.

I raced down to her house to find out what was going on. Dessie was home and had been preoccupied unloading the car from her trip to the nursery. Mimi had gone along for the drive so she didn’t have her collar on, and had taken advantage of the opportunity to escape. Crisis averted!

She said her physician and physical therapist were trying to explain her course of treatment, and the need for ordering a leg brace since they didn’t anticipate she would be able to recover from her stroke. What they didn’t realize is that her hearing aids weren’t working, so she literally couldn’t hear what they were saying.  She actually made it through rehab in record time and never had to wear the leg brace. It wasn’t until a follow-up trip to her physician a couple of months after her release that she found out about her “intended prognosis.”

Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of the Biology of Belief said,

Your perspective is always limited by how much you know. Expand your knowledge and you will transform your mind.

In Dessie’s case, what she didn’t hear and didn’t know allowed her to transform her body.

There will always be people in your life ready to tell you what you can’t do, or can’t accomplish.  You can address the naysayers with the following steps. The first is to turn your ‘hearing aids’ off, and that also goes for the negative voices in your head. Second, be aware of your beliefs around the situation. Are you seeing challenges or opportunities? And finally, listen only to the experts who are cheering you on, and coaching you forward!

Until next time…

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