I am grateful for the start to another year. I have a wonderful family and I'm happy where I am. This doesn't mean I don't want change. Quite the opposite. However I am appeased at cherishing my current state. In this new year I will likely improve upon some of my existing personal goals. Strengthening in some and progressing in others. It's an ongoing process with which I have a PLAN.
- "Life is too short to try and please everyone." - I know this is a highly used clichè, but never more true in my life nowadays.
- "Not everyone is your friend nor should they be." People come and go. People will dislike you for reasons you don't know. Don't care enough to let it affect your well being.
- "Some people are content on being unhappy and don't want any help. They would rather pull you down." Just leave them be and move far far away.
- Bouts of anger do absolutely nothing unless funneled creatively toward a solution or an expressive positive outlet.
- "Remain humble." We were all once beginners.
- Confidence accounts for a lot. Don't discredit this situational altering sense. If you think you'll fail, then you probably will.
- Sometimes being acknowledged as being correct is not worth fighting with a stubborn person. “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” -Mark Twain
The Architect in me has learned:
- Figure out what is important in the larger scheme of things and prioritize based off that.
- Being shy and quiet gets you nowhere. Let your voice be heard, interact and participate.
- Being busy is overrated. Being efficient with your time is a much better means to better productivity.
- "Work hard but make time for your love, family and friends. Nobody remembers PowerPoint presentations on your final day." -Chetan Bhagat
And lastly overall..
"Run from procrastination but don't chase perfection." -J.W.Smith
In this new year, lets start by helping others.
The disease is inherited, and the damage is permanent. Treatment consists of a combination of medications, low protein medical diet, and ultimately a liver transplant. Matthew was fortunate to experience no additional hyperammonemic events in the following fifteen months of life, and had a liver transplant on August 24th, 2014. The cure for the disease, a transplant, isn't so much a cure as trading one condition for another. While we will never risk the chance of another ammonia spike, Matthew is on a half a dozen or more medications at any given time to avoid rejection. Despite these challenges, intensive daily therapy for cerebral palsy (a result of the initial damage), limited motor function, and various other challenges along the way, our son is remarkably happy and has changed all our lives for the better. He's taught us to be stronger than we ever thought possible, to have faith beyond human understanding, and the immeasurable value of life.
The #ArchiTalks community is hoping to raise $5,500 to help Architect Rusty Long and his family reach their financial goal on HelpHopeLive.org. If each reader of this post contributes a small amount, our impact will be massive and we can make a difference for Matthew’s family.