In a sense, Parkinson's disease is akin to the type of failure I had experienced in courtrooms, negotiations and other legal “competitions”. Perhaps my prior failures had prepared me for grappling with this neurological giant. My past experiences have taught me to process "failure" carefully by asking:
1. Is “failure” just a feeling or a fact? Is it prematurely anticipated or fully realized? Is it a realistic assessment or simply the fruit of my excessive expectations? Many times PD leads to feelings, fearsome and foreboding.
3. Have I learned anything? Most of my past failures proved to be invaluable experiences, teaching me things that I could only learn through a sense of defeat. Parkinson's is the same. While I may not feel like it, I try to redefine my losses as lessons from which much can be gleaned. This process typically sends me on a search for the treasure that may lie buried in the muck of my embarrassment. Parkinson's disease can yield much reward.
As Alexander Pope said in 1711 in “An Essay on Criticism”:
To err is human, to forgive divine…
Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend.