As a long time optimist with an already high level of personal and professional resilience, brought up in a dysfuncitonal family where alcohol and mental illness were rampant, and never talked about, I have had to work on my resilience to maintain my optimism. This quote from Lou Holtz resonates with me,
“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”
Attitudes can be positive and negative. Our attitude to everything is a choice, at least when your cognitive capacity is not impaired, as things such as the pathology of conditons such as dementia, or following a brain injury may make that more difficult. They are not however, for most of us, an excuse to be negative, as many with dementia or with brain injuries remain extremely positive and optimistic, even thought they may have to work hard at it.
Optimism can be described as a hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something. Unfortunately, Prescribed Disengagement® takes away hope for people with dementia and our families, as does the persistent refusal to manage dementia as a condition causing disabilites, This also keeps the dementia sector taking a medical model approach to dementia, even if not in their rhetoric, but in their actions
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; a mental toughness as well as the ability to work on solutions.
Our optimism, resilience and attitude can also greatly effects our brain health, and I choose to do the work needed to stay optiistic, resilient and positive, no mtter what obstacles are put in my way…
For Brain health Awarenes Month, I challenge everyone to be optimistic, find ways to be resilient and to embrace a positive attitude.