Living Well with Parkinsons Disease

Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at Copyright 2013-20 Sheryl Jedlinski

New Year’s resolutions keep me focused on better tomorrows


by Sheryl Jedlinski

I start the New Year fresh, with calendar pages of empty boxes waiting for me to fill them in with endless possibilities. I am anxious to put 2016, with its “unmerciful good fortune,” well behind me, as I begin plotting goals for the new year. Making resolutions / setting goals keeps me looking ahead, focused on better tomorrows and away from yesterday. Applying life lessons learned from past challenges, my 2017 resolutions are to:

  • Accept the reality that I cannot change the world, but can improve my corner of it. This is especially significant as we prepare for the arrival of our first grandchild in March.
  • Spend more quality time with family and friends, creating shared memories that will live on long after I am gone. Investing myself and my time (which I can’t get back) in these relationships speaks volumes about how much they mean to me.
  • Simplify my life by getting rid of unnecessary “stuff.” I am starting by streamlining my wardrobe, with help from a professional wardrobe editor and style strategist. Reducing choices makes it quicker to choose our attire, leaving additional time for more productive tasks. Watch for future posts to learn how this is working for me.
  • Concentrate on what I CAN do, not on what I can’t. I find I am more capable than I think I am.
  • Continue to share my challenges, triumphs, humorous perspective, and coping strategies to empower others on our shared journey to live well with Parkinson’s disease. I get  back far more than I give.

Yes, I have an incurable disease, but most days the symptoms are manageable, enabling me to continue to live a full and productive life, with far more joy than heartache. Like everyone else, I encounter temporary failures and setbacks along my life’s journey, but I refuse to turn these into excuses for giving up. As the late Vince Lombardi said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.”

Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year!

One comment on “New Year’s resolutions keep me focused on better tomorrows

  1. Nancy
    December 30, 2016

    Happy New Year! I hope to meet you in 2017!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on December 30, 2016 by in Back to Normal, Family Life, Friends, Holidays.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 216 other subscribers

WPC Blogger


Read more of Sheryl’s humorous stories and helpful tips at

%d bloggers like this: