Finding the Opportunity in a Stroke

Topics: , ,

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 is a 50something-year old woman (59 to be exact!) who led a very fulfilling life as she knew it. She was a corporate manager at a Fortune 500 company in Houston, the owner of a healing arts business and an author of three books (six now). All that came crashing down on June 10, 2011, when she had a stroke! Needless to say, her life was changed dramatically. She went from running as fast as she could on the treadmill of life to scooting along at a snail’s pace. During her recovery (which is ongoing), she has gained much wisdom about what’s really important in life. Although she has been an author, a Reiki master, massage therapist and fledgling life coach as well as a corporate cog, she has realized that she needs to focus and get clarity in her life, instead of grabbing at every shiny object. She is now focusing on giving Dream Board workshops to help other like-minded souls find clarity in their lives so that they can manifest their greatest dreams. And as she loves to write, she will begin writing her 7th book. Her primary website, which needs to be updated and revamped, is  

    For more information, please visit,, and

    Recent Releases

    View all posts by Erica Tucci.

    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!


    Links to This Post

    What Do You Think?

    What Do You Think?