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August 2015 Newsletter

Clark & Associates | August 1st, 2015

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Keep the Positivity Going

It can be easy to get down sometimes. Thing after thing doesn’t go your way, and you start to feel like you may not ever succeed.

The great thing about our work is that while we help our patients gain back functionality and live better lives, they often teach us so much more about dealing with hardships, overcoming adversity and persisting with a positive attitude. The mental side of living with an amputation or physical disability is just as important as the physical side.

While the month of August isn’t known for having holidays, there are a few weekly celebrations that we would like to point out:

  • Week 1, 8/2-8/8, National Simplify Your Life Week: We often complicate our lives by extending ourselves too thin. Prioritize your goals to hone in on one or two things you want to accomplish.
  • Week 2, 8/9-8/15, National Smile Week: Smiling more has been linked to being a more positive person, so don’t be shy about showing those pearly whites!
  • Week 3, 8/16-8/22, Friendship Week: Friends are a great source of motivation, support and inspiration. Don’t be afraid to lean on them, and try to get in touch with as many of your friends as you can.
  • Week 4, 8/23-8/29, Be Kind to Humankind Week: Being outwardly kind to others has also shown to increase overall positivity and satisfaction with life.

So try to stay positive this month. It’s easier than you think! Continue Reading »

July 2015 Newsletter

Clark & Associates | July 1st, 2015

July Newsletter

We’re officially past the halfway point of the year. Can you believe it? It seems like only a short time ago we were welcoming 2015, and now we’re on the downhill side to 2016. This makes it a good time to take a look back at what we’ve accomplished so far this year.

How have you done in pursuit of your goals? Have you been able to make good progress? If so, congratulations! Going after a dream is never an easy process and requires lots of determination. If you haven’t been able to make much or any progress on your goals, don’t fret.

There are five months left in the year. More importantly, there are people who can help support you: your family, friends, the TLC Amputee Support Group and all of us here at Clark & Associates.

So, post your goal on your refrigerator, mirror or in your bedroom, and get ready to make the best of the second half of 2015. Continue Reading »

December 2014 Newsletter

Clark & Associates | December 1st, 2014

December 2014

Recognizing the Gifts We Have

“What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store? What if, perhaps, Christmas means a little bit more?”

If you’ve seen or read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” you’re probably familiar with the above quote. Although it was originally written by Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel) in 1957, it has great relevance today.

Everywhere we look during the holiday season we are assaulted with commercials and ads for sales and specials and discounts. They tell us to buy more stuff because “it’s the holiday season so why not?” Dr. Seuss saw the same thing happening in the 1950s as the country’s recovery from World War II resulted in an economic boom and the commercialization of Christmas.

But, as the Grinch wondered, doesn’t Christmas mean a little bit more? Instead of something bought from a store, we should look to the gifts we already have in our life: life itself, our family, our friends, the ability to improve our lives and pursue our goals and passions. Let’s take a page out of Dr. Seuss’s book and look inward instead of outward for the true meaning of the holiday season.

We can’t guarantee you’ll be invited to “carve the Roast Beast” like the Grinch, but it will help you feel thankful for the blessings you have.

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