Thank you, BEST friends.
We are so lucky to have you in our lives.🍀So grateful for your kindness, friendship, support, and care today and every day.
Always remember you are the BEST!
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
This special month marks an opportunity for the brain injury community and the community at large to share awareness, knowledge, support, education, care and conversation.
As we kick off March 2022, the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) warmly invites you to join us online this month for some brain empowerment!
As individuals and as a community, as we learn to empower our brains, we are able to move forward towards our goals of brain health, healing, wellness, and so much more.
Empowerment comes in the form of knowledge, support, conversations, education and even having some fun along the way!
At brainenergysupportteam.org, we offer:
You may have heard the old saying, Membership has its perks. We know you’ll find the resources and other membership benefits available to you both useful and valuable. You can further support BEST by letting others know about our membership opportunity and sharing your ideas for new perks with us. Check out memberships here.
Not ready to join BEST, yet would like to help? Your donation makes a difference in the lives of those impacted by brain injury. Any amount helps. Click here to make a fast, easy and secure donation today.
BEST in Second Life
Second Life is a virtual experience where all things are possible. It offers us the chance to engage in things individuals with physical and cognitive challenges might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy; live music, long walks on the beach, bike rides, shopping malls, sailing, dancing, and more.
Along with entertainment and socialization opportunities, there are activities such as support groups, workshops on health, presentations from noted institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University, opportunities for small business development, learning a new language, even taking classes and finishing a degree.
BEST has created a virtual presence for reaching out to those with brain injury and their caregivers. BEST hosts a variety of social events, small group discussions, workshops, and skills training. Our trainers also work with nonprofit leaders, businesses, artists, and educators.
There’s no cost to join us in Second Life. Click here to learn how to get started quickly and safely.
Here are just some of the activities and events offered in March 2022!
1 March – Phat Tuesday is a favorite at Etopia and this year we’re decked out to celebrate Mardi Gras. Whether you come with BESTies from around the world or on your own there’s plenty of fun to be had. We’ve even got a Habit Hunt to kick off Brain Injury Awareness Month.
13 March – Join all our BEST friends and colleagues for the monthly Nonprofit Commons Common Ground party. We’re hosting this green themed scene starting at 11am PST. Music to dance to by one a favorite BESTie; DJ Tori Landau.
17 March – Green Beer, Pizza, and Irish music are the theme for today’s dance at Etopia. Bring your favorite Leprechaun and enjoy the fun and tunes by Etopia’s own DJ Dani.
For additional details on these events and others, click here to reach out calendar.
We cordially invite you to visit our Education section here. You’ll find video courses, webinar archives, and more on a variety of topics!
Our website blog boasts a rich library of articles, essays, infographics, quotes, community profiles, guest bloggers, and more, on a wide variety of topics: empowerment; self-care; brain health; mental health; food wellness; caregiving resources, tips and strategies; peer support; and inspirational stories are just to name a few. Click here to check it out!
BEST Brain Games
Have fun and help your brain! Play BEST Brain Games anytime, anywhere, right from the comfort of home. Click here to get started!
BEST Covid-19 Resource Page
BEST has a dedicated Covid-19 resource page with news you can use to keep yourself healthy and safe. Click here to learn more.
Looking forward to a month of sharing and caring. Welcome!
You make the world a better place and we love you for it.
As we kick off this month of love and friendship, we’d like to thank you, our generous donors, for the love, care, and support.
Your gifts have supported our work to make a difference in the lives of those with brain injury and cognitive challenges, along with their caregivers and families.
Your support has been especially critical as our organization and community continues to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.
And as we continue to build on the work, programs, services and support we did in 2020 and 2021, your support remains critical.
To learn more how you can help, please click here.
Your support matters.
Again, thank you. You mean the world to us!
This past Christmas I got a gift that’s sure kept on giving: a book titled The 52 Lists Project.
It’s a book that is designed to inspire self-reflection and self-discovery. I believe it was given to me to inspire me to look inside myself and to help me develop ideas for my writing.
It has sure done that.
I’ve already lifted some ideas for a couple of essays—this is one of them.
The assigned task for this week was to list some of my favorite quotes. I’m going to do just that right
here and right now. I’ve decided that I would focus on 20 inspirational quotes and try to come up with
some that aren’t widely known, so I’m hoping you will see something below that you haven’t heard that
will kindle a spark inside you.
Here’s the list:
1. There are 1,440 minutes in every day. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact—Les Brown
2. The less you respond to negative people, the more positive your life will become—Paolo Cuelho
3. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door—Milton Berle
4. A problem is a chance to do your best—Duke Ellington
5. There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind—C. S. Lewis
6. Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart—Roy T. Bennett
7. Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to
believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible—Rodolfo Costa
8. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow—Helen Keller
9. Positive thinking must be followed by positive doing—John C. Maxwell
10. Be positive. Be true. Be kind–Roy T. Bennett
11. Surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be a positive person— Kellie Pickler
12. When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you,
you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near
you—Shannon L. Adler
13. When things go wrong, don’t go with them—Elvis Presley
14. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have
15. It always seems impossible until it is done—Nelson Mandela
16. The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down—Stephen Richards
17. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream—Les Brown
18. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain—Dolly Parton
19. You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way—Dr.
And what list of positive, inspirational quotes is complete without Maya Angelou?
20. To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
That’s it for now; I hope you saw something you liked.
What quote(s) inspire you?
|Isaac Peterson grew up on an Air Force base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he embarked on a career as an award-winning investigative journalist and as a semi-professional musician in the Twin Cities, the place he called home on and off for 35 years. He doesn’t mind it at all if someone offers to pick up his restaurant tab and, also, welcomes reader comments. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more articles by Isaac here; https://www.brainenergysupportteam.org/archives/tag/isaac-peterson|
The first 2022 BEST e-newsletter has launched to inboxes today!
And like the tree, we are grounded in information, connected with our community, looking forward to new things, bending with the changing times of Covid-19, enjoying our individuality, and ready to continue to grow!
In this issue, we cover the following: the importance of sleep and how to get the best sleep possible; Covid-19 resources to keep you safe and healthy; a special message from our executive director on our exciting 2022 plans, and more.
Happy reading and happy 2022!