Finding the Opportunity in a Stroke

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • I had a stroke in June 2011 and went through a complete transformation of self, learning so much from facing such a life-altering experience that almost killed me. The biggest questions in my mind became “What’s really important in life?” and “How do I create a new life for myself?”

    We are presented with opportunities from one minute to the next throughout our lives, good and bad. When the opportunity comes in the form of a life-altering experience such as mine, our choices of how to handle it will either propel us forward on a journey of inner peace or make us sink in the quicksand of despair. And I determined I wasn’t going to sink!

    One of my mantras was “Never give up!” Never underestimate what you can achieve when you believe in yourself! Believing in yourself doesn’t come from “with-OUT”; it comes from within, from that heart-centered place where our god/dess essence resides.

    It’s about having self-love. It’s about knowing that you have something to offer the world – your special gift, whatever it is. It’s about knowing that no matter what your situation is, you have the wherewithal to meet that challenge head on and deal with it.

    Life’s journey is full of magic – the marvelous, the miraculous and the wonderful – but it’s not without its hurdles along the way. And when we come to these bumps in the road, we need to have faith and believe that the Universe “has our back” and will be our pillar of strength, propping us up and propelling us forward.

    When we surrender to God, the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent power in all of us, magic happens. When we are in the presence of this inner personal power, we are transformed, and when we are transformed, our world is transformed, because the world is only a reflection, a macrocosm of our microcosm. We are all part of the Divine.

    When we are grateful for our blessings and can maintain an optimistic attitude through thick and thin, there’s no limit to the opportunities that will present themselves to us. When one door closes, a new one opens. Life IS meant to be good!

    So what’s really important in life? When you are operating from your true essence, your heart center, life takes on new meaning.

    Look at the trauma as a gift of the soul and see how it can transform you into a different person, a better person. Take one day at a time and enjoy each precious moment. Appreciate the little things in life. Cherish yourself and your loved ones. Be adventurous and embrace new challenges with a fervor. Take the road less travelled. Seek out what gives meaning to your life and go after it passionately. Live your life to the fullest as there is no time to waste!

    Erica Tucci

    Erica Tucci has been a Fortune 500 corporate manager, pianist, ballet dancer, Reiki master, massage therapist, mother of two wonderful young men and an author. She has also gone from trauma to transformation after a stroke brought her to her knees in 2011. It taught her what was really important in life. Since then, her passion has been her books and how her messages can help others journey down their own path of transformation. Her most recent endeavor has been her Sarah's Gift series for children. It speaks to the special gifts that children have and how they use these gifts to deal with various circumstances. She is also re-entering the professional writing world as a copywriter, focusing on customer success stories. She is targeting women entrepreneurs (particularly ones who have faced adversity in some way and have used that adversity to reach their fullest potential).  

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    1. Margaret Rose
      Margaret Rose says:

      Thank you Erica! Your belief in the power of self love, optimism and continuous gratitude are inspiring. I appreciate all that you share!


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