N.E.U. Abilities

detail: painted wool flannel, 1990


Let’s come up with a new and cooler manner to reference “DISABILITY.”

N.E.U. ABILITIES……. NEW and ENVIABLE UNDERBELLY ABILITIES (ie…those things we can do only after we are forced to do them but knowing them kindof makes everyone else envious).

Yeah…I can’t walk, drive, use my right leg or hand, I use a wheelchair, need help shopping and keeping my home clean and dignified

But I CAN:

* Trust my intuition more than most-

* Know that in a good number of cases a crystal cave lies just inside the armored-up heart of the homeless person you just passed by while inadvertently securing your wallet-

* Pick myself up out of despair pretty darn quick-

* Have learned firsthand the importance of welcoming and educating myself to be INTER-DEPENDENT over INDEPENDENT which always seemed the sexiest but really isn’t.

* Edit my life like a lioness with class by only having those people, foods, objects, time expenditures in my life which I consider mutually beneficial.

* Know how to rest and do it.

* Live a very simple life that may seem small to some but is anything but.

* Have a low toleration threshold and respect it.

* Know the sacred act of what it means to “CHOOSE LIFE” and sometimes do it moment by moment.

* Feel amazed by how my values have re-arranged themselves throughout my journey of partnership with MS.

* Say I have healed most if not all my personal shadow places within my family and am deeply in love with each of my siblings.

* Forgive where it was called for thereby freeing my own precious self.

* Fall in love with myself. Friggin’ finally.

* Tell myself: “Don’t give up before the miracle” and really, REALLY wait it out.

* Consider space and depth of authentic connection with others and nature to be my highest and most cherished values.

* Be quite sure that staying in the present instead of future or past thinking is the alternative to plastic surgery.

* Know for sure Dogs ARE God..not just God spelled backwards.


5 Responses to “N.E.U. Abilities”

  1. Debra Moody on August 20th, 2016

    My heart sings when I read the truth in your words. I am so blessed to know you. Thank you from the bottom of my sing-songy heart.

  2. Adele on August 20th, 2016

    Dog bless xoxox

  3. Jenny on August 20th, 2016

    Wonderful , yes it made my heart light too. Really really wait it out!
    Hugs and cheers to Em

  4. Jenny on August 21st, 2016

    Dear Cath, I amended myself before but want you to know that this beyond beautiful. I felt so light , light filled reading it. Many of them I know but many I read and thought I now see that, and I think I always did but had forgotten. Too much fog. It’s not I don’t react but now I see myself doing it. Today I could quite quickly grieve it and breathe through and beyond. And always the miracle will come, always.
    PS love the lioness, plastic surgery alternative, dog, loving the friggin self-need to get that sorted , because I think from that comes ease freedom and real humility.xxx

  5. Maureen on November 11th, 2016

    You are the best, Cathy. I am inspired.

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