Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Fun ~ Currently Reading

For a little over a month now, I've been reading the 218 page nonfiction, How to Conquer the World with One Hand...and a Attitude by Paul E. Berger. I just don't read fast with full understanding since my stroke, but at least I can read.

It's part of my self-education/inspiration reads. In other words, seeing how others have coped after a stroke. Like most stroke survivors we want encouragement and relate to someone who has walked in our shoes. Even though I'm regaining the use of my arm, it has been a very frustrating experience for me.

If I stop regaining use of my hand or wrist I want to be prepared with coping methods for that eventuality. Hello! <waving my hand in the air> I'm a prepper. Doh! No, I'm not borrowing troubles or stopping the therapy exercises to get them back. But we all need encouragement and hope.

The title alone would have made me buy this book after my stroke. Am I not a conquer? So I not have attitude? Yes, an over abundance of both. I'm Don Quixote tipping at windmills slaying dragons. I don't step away from anything just because it's hard or a challenge. Have I got attitude? Oh yeah, I do in a spades royal flush. My attitude works for and against me all the time. My "I do it" attitude has me pushing boundaries which is good and bad, but sometimes I surprise even myself.

No, I won't write an "official" review of this particular book other than say it has given me hope and reinforced my "can do" attitude so far. The author had far graver issues than I had with my stroke starting with surviving a hemorrhagic stroke.

Death is the absence of learning.

10 comments:

Pk Hrezo said...

Well then I'd say it's done its job, Jo. Hope is one of the most important things we can ever have.

J.L. Murphey said...

So true PK

Al Diaz said...

I must get this book by all means, then. Thanks for the comment! :)

J.L. Murphey said...

Al, I'm halfway through with my copy. It is awesome.

Nick Wilford said...

With an attitude like that you're not going to let a little thing like a stroke stop you!

Lara said...

Glad you're enjoying the book--the title alone sounds inspirational!

J.L. Murphey said...

Nick,
Nope. It's just a bump in the road.It may shake you up but it will stop and you'll go on your way. The only sure way to stop me is bury six feet under, but even then, I'll be ghost writer in the literal sense of the word.

J.L. Murphey said...

While I might not accomplish all the author did after his stroke, I will succeed.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Sounds like a wonderful book for anyone overcoming adversity. I have every faith that you will more than succeed at whatever you aspire to.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

J.L. Murphey said...

Shannon,
Faith and hope are the only things I have to stand on these days. My legs are too wobbly.