During this last week of the year, many of us like to take a few minutes and reflect on our accomplishments (or shortfalls) over the past 12 months and make goals for the next year.
When tallying our accomplishments, it is important to remember that sometimes what may seem like a “little” thing at the time may have in fact had a great impact on a person’s confidence or lead to a “big” thing down the road. For a person with Parkinson’s, attending an exercise class on a weekly basis may be a small step with a big impact. Even setbacks can sometimes lead to great accomplishments; if you noticed your voice becoming weaker, perhaps you joined the Tremble Clefs that not only strengthened your voice, but brought you into a social atmosphere that brings great joy.
Here at the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD), we are pleased with the ever-increasing number of people we are able to serve with programs like the Good Start Workshop for Newly Diagnosed and our growing Support Group network. We have enjoyed successful fundraising events like our annual Fighting Parkinson’s Step by Step 5K Walk and Fun Run and our Spirit of Life gala, where we honored educator and Immediate Past-President of our Board of Directors Catherine Rodriguez. We have forged new partnerships that will help us to support all of our programs and services as we head into 2011. While this has been a challenging year financially, PASD continues to provide quality programs and services and is looking at ways to expand these programs in the coming year.
No matter how small or large your accomplishment list may be, hold your head high when remembering all you have done in 2010 and all you will do in 2011. With support from family, friends, and PASD, anything is possible!