Thanks To My Stutter, I'm Never Lost For Words

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Re: Congratulations, Alan!

From: Alan Badmington (to Dave)
Date: 12 Oct 2008
Time: 05:07:50 -0500
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Hi Dave, Thank you for taking the time to read my paper and respond. As a direct result of my stutter, I have undertaken speaking engagements on three separate continents during recent years. I sometimes have to pinch myself to check if I'm dreaming. :-) My article was somewhat restricted because of the word limit. I had originally intended to touch upon other benefits that I had experienced. For example, I have gained an immense insight into the psychological aspects of stuttering and, indeed, psychology in general. As a result, I have changed my life beyond all recognition. Expanding one's comfort zones is an essential ingredient of personal growth. I have also learned how to monitor my negative thoughts and, in effect, run my own brain. I have developed greater assertiveness; employed creative visualization and become proficient at anchoring on past positive experiences. I have acquired considerable information about the belief system, self-image, and the influential role that the subconcious (or unconscious) mind plays in our daily lives. Dealing with avoidance strategies in relation to stuttering has impacted greatly upon the overall (positive) way in which I live my life. I'm having so much fun and feel that I have travelled a considerable distance along the road to self-actualization. The journey has been so exciting. I am most impressed by your knowledge of the Welsh language and appreciate the feedback that you have provided. Diolch yn fawr! Kindest regards Alan

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