Andys The Listening Service is primarily ia counselling service for everyone and anyone to use although it deals mainly with issues dealing with disability. It is open to both abled bodied and disabled persons, their carers as well as medical professionals.We look forward to hear from you.
Andys thoughts: Welcome ! To a new regular feature, Starting this week. Andys weekly journal will try to give you added information plus short stories and features that will enhance the web-site. Giving thought and encouragement to others as well as keeping myself Positive, and hopefully It will continue for the good as it matures and ages just like me.
Moving forward at quite a pace I can report that The 2nd Chance Project (the outreach unit) Is quickly coming to fruition. We are currently creating the infrastructure that will eventually become the carcus & skeleton of the project ready to apply for initial grant funding. The project which is slowly taking shape & that will eventually become The 2nd Chance I would encourage all readers to get involved with this project either through words of encouragment to remembering us in your prayers to to giving both on a personal as well as economic basis. I thank you all for supporting this endevour. The next Phase is to create a working party of volunteers able to steer the project in the right direction.
2nd Chance is about creating opportunities, through 2nd chances that can mean the difference between getting a fresh start in life, Or a continuance of drug addiction, alcohol and crime. offer our young people who may have lost their way & with broken lives. To work with indeviduals to mentor them into young adults with a sense purpose & a future. Not of one of no hope & Nothing left to live for.
If we want to confront and overcome our fears. We first have to learn to listen and to understand those fears” .-Andy Phillips
Thought of the week: Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! –Lawrence G. Lovasik
Good News of the week:‘Submitted by: Birju Pandya
A severely handicapped little girl who cannot walk or talk has used a machine to tell her mother for the first time: ‘I love you.’
Six-year-old Elke Wisbey, who was born brain-damaged, has been able to communicate with her family by using a high-tech gadget which tracks her eye movements.
The £17,000 MyTobii Smartbox machine from Sweden detects which icons Elke is looking at by using tiny lasers.
When her eyes settle on an icon on the screen of the Smartbox, a pre-programmed voice speaks the word or phrase for her.
Just a few days after setting up the equipment, Elke’s parents, Glynnis and Matt Wisbey, described how their daughter started using her eyes to repeat the words ‘I love you’ over and over again.
Mrs. Wisbey, 43, who also has a son, Galahad, aged nine, said: ‘I thought it was stuck and then I realised what she was saying.
‘She was looking at the “I love you” icon and I couldn’t believe it, she kept doing it.
‘I said to Elke “are you telling Daddy you love him?” and she pointed at the icon “yes”.
‘It really choked me up, made me really emotional. I’m still emotional when I think about it.
‘It was quite emotional. It is mind-blowing really. We have gone from somebody not being able to communicate to this.
‘We didn’t think Elke would ever be able to tell us how she was feeling, and now she can. This will be amazing for us, absolutely phenomenal.’
Readers of a local newspaper raised money to buy the specially-adapted machine for the family from Bearsted, Kent.
The Wisbey family are all learning how to help Elke use the machine, but the little girl, who will never be able to walk or talk for herself or feed herself, has mastered it more quickly than any of them.
She has already got to grips with a number of words and phrases and can also play games and browse the internet with it.
Mrs Wisbey said: ‘Elke is an absolute delight to know. She smiles when she recognises people and places and she showers hugs on those she likes best.
‘It’s going to change our lives completely. We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s support, it takes some people years to raise this kind of money and we’ve done it in a summer.
Be The Change:Call your mom today.
Mondays Quote: In dreams begins responsibility. William Butler Yeats
Tuesdays Quote: Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Wednesdays Quote: You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it. That’s the only way to get to the top. Emil Zatopek
Thursdays Quote: Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.” Norman Vincent Peale
Fridays Quote: We shall defend every village, every town and every city. The vast mass of London itself, fought street by street, could easily devour an entire hostile army; and we would rather see London laid in ruins and ashes than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved. Winston Churchill
Saturdays Quote: I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Sundays Quote: The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure Joseph Campbell
More great quotations next week.
Live counselling sessions: This is primarily a counseling site. I am a certificated counselor & I’m here to listen. If you would like someone to talk to I have included a Meebo button and publish a schedule of open door sessions every week.
Monday.9 till 11 pm,