Sue's July 2017 Letter

Dear Friends,

There are times over the months that a thought came to me and I wanted to share that thought with you.  It’s interesting how waiting to tell you that most important thought caused me to realize that the thought wasn’t as important to share as I originally considered.  Learning to wait is valuable.  Often, it is in the waiting that clarity is born.

I recall many times being involved in a survivor’s family decision while a loved one was in the hospital.  The waiting gave positive life giving impact.  Some of our survivors today are alive and thriving because their families waited to make an irreversible choice.   Our culture has become instant and immediate in

scope as our communication modes have sky rocketed in speed.  Instant messaging, email, texting, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have all shoved us forward in expectation to get information at warp

speed.  We watch television and know the current events before the news program comes on.  It was flashed on our computers earlier than the breaking news could present.  Our bills get texted to us for payment before the printed bill arrives.  We text our thoughts and feelings before we have had a moment to consider if they were appropriate.  Often, the speed in communication can result in stress, loss of expectation and frustration.

This is one more reason why B.R.A.I.N. is so important.  B.RA.I.N. is personal.  Regardless of our fast paced communication culture, B.R.A.I.N. remains a place where people are listened to, looked at in the eye and given encouragement alongside their personal therapy sessions and classes.  Brain injury survivors and their families are offered friendship and connection to their pathway to hope.

Don’t look to the current culture for cues for success.  The rhetoric is harsh and the opinions are strong.  Stop, wait and consider how to move forward in this life.

Before telling all of your thoughts, wait a moment to consider them as to their validity.  Will the thoughts help, make a difference, and leave positive air in the conversation?

Dealing with brain injury is difficult enough.  Let’s help one another by speaking positively with others.

A verse that comes to my mind is found in Philippians 4:8.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

What do you think?

~ Sue