What I Gained From My Brain Injury
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
I used to be an intolerant perfectionist before my accident. I did not even realize the extent to which I looked down on others, how prideful I was, and how I put others down without any thought, until an event out of my control took away my ability to meet my own standards.
I had fooled myself into believing I was better than I was. Now I see others with a much humbler and more forgiving attitude. I am much more compassionate and a lot less full of myself.
My change in attitude probably saved my relationships with my children, whom I had been pushing away by demanding unrealistic standards from them with what were my goals and not theirs. Now I am much more impressed with their strengths and more understanding, and even accepting, of those areas that seemed important to me, but never motivated them. There is a sense that my disability has removed blinders that kept me from seeing the value of letting my children have interests that are different than my own.
Those are good qualities that I intend to hold onto, regardless of how much I recover eventually.
Thank you, David Lloyd.
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