Why Cry Over Spilled Juice? by Greg Costa ©

Why Cry Over Spilled Juice?

by Greg Costa

 

Today I headed to Walmart because I found out I could get a prescription there for four dollars which my insurance doesn't cover. On route I stopped at Nature's Food Patch, which is an organic grocery store, to pick up a juice. On my way out someone said something hysterical in the checkout lane. As I continued to walk outside I was still laughing, and then discovered, a few minutes later, that I was walking to the opposite end of the parking lot from where I had parked. Realizing that, I started to feel down, and said to myself, “gosh, it's happening again.” Well I found my car, and then someone said hello to me and asked me a question. With that distraction, I didn’t realize I had left my drink on the top of the car.

 

Which meant I watched my eight-dollar meal in a cup crash and splash all over the ground.

 

I went back inside and up to the manager’s counter. I said, “Hi, my name is Greg Costa, and I’m a traumatic brain injury survivor and sometimes we forget to do things. My mind was in a different place and I got lost in the parking lot and then I forgot to take my juice off the top of the car and it spilled everywhere.” He said, "No problem, I'll take care of it, and please come back and see me.”

 

I didn’t notice the scar on his face until later.

 

I went back to see him and he said, “Don't worry, it's all good. I'm a traumatic brain injury survivor myself.” He turned his head and showed me the entire line from the tip of his forehead to the back of his ear, where his skull had been opened up. 

 

It's amazing, empowering and healing when we, as survivors, just put it out there and create awareness by accepting our challenges, being honest, completely transparent and Naked, allowing humility and making the best of the situation at hand. 

 

He went on to say, “You know the manager of this store actually had an aneurysm and also suffered a brain injury.” How cool! I thought. God really knows when you don't have something, or you’re missing something, or you’re in need of something or someone on your journey, or in my case, lacking the support and understanding from my own blood family.

 

It’s just like God to send me down or up a path, or put people in my life exactly where and when I need them.

 

It’s just like God to open a door, welcome me in and remind me that I’m NOT ALONE.

 

I was so excited after this encounter that I had to tell my dad, and I never made it to Walmart. Oh well, another day, another adventure. Today I was glad to forget and be ok with that, instead of beating myself up for it.

Driving Naked with god™- A Little Reminder :)

Rise and Shine! TIS a Blessed day. 
Give someone a true hug and not one of those pats on the back. Tell someone they look great or they are awesome. You must practice gratitude everyday, it's how we are reminded of our purpose and what that means to us individually as well as a whole. Handle with LoVe™ my friends. As Survivors and Warriors, sharing LoVe in itself can be gods greatest gift to each other. "No scar is Great than the other" - GregCosta

Driving naked with God™

 

 

Good Morning, 

“This is God.  Today I will be handling all of your

problems.  Please remember that I do not need your

help.  If life happens to deliver a situation to you

that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.

Kindly put it in the SFGTD (Something For God To Do)

box.  It will be addressed in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not remove

it.  Holding on or removal will delay the resolution

of your problem.  If it is a situation that you think

you are capable of handling, please consult me in

prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.

Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no

need for you to loose any sleep.  Rest my child.  If

you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away”.

 

- G.O.D FANTASTICALY ABSOLUTE

Sorry, I have been MIA.

Im back making time to write again.I know I misspell words and have tons of grammatical errors but when inspired you just got to go with it. so todays thought.... Im noticing the less editing you do will turn out to be the best version of you. The philosophy, book and my blog is centered on what it means to "Drive Naked". Its a way of life being unedited and real with yourself and others and is not always pretty. You don't slam your thumb in a door and say, hmm i think that was a bad idea. No you say "fuck", that hurt. Just be real. SO many people get lost in faith bc of what ideals this world brings. Im just saying is allot of bs and faith should never be hard, painful, make you feel un loved or desired. God like many Parents is unconditional loVe.

 

So this inspired todays blog

 

There are many things we must unlearn in life, let go, heal, liberate and set free, allowing our greatest potential to grow. Spirtually, emotionally and physically. You knowing your self worth is more then what others think of you. Look in the mirror , inhale gratitude exhale gratitude with expectance.

You are No less then everything in the eyes of God. We will be forever learning, children, student of our faith. Thats called spiritual growth and just because you have a strong faith doesn't mean your just at the finish line, no its a constant relationship ,constant reflection the most intermit one of all. thats baring your should to the universe in which god created, transparent , authentic, and perfectly flawed. Thats Driving Naked with God "DrivingNakedwithGod.com".

 

By growing and freeing yourselves from the things and people that bring you anything but love laughter or peace in CRITICAL to your health. Trust me this life is short and when you loose yourself, often times you find your self. I saw this image and thought; "you know the book "forgive to forget came to mind. when when you completely give yourself to God and hold yourself accountable you should feel safe that there should never be anything you can't take to God. Share those things you feel taped bc your not pressing the grief, loss, failure etc. But that is life and the only way healing takes place...remeber healing is not just a bloody cut healing is much more. we all need it from time to time.

I say this all the time. Be expectant of the holy spirit to move, heal and have a good day a work, even though its work. Try waking up and just smile for know reason. little good sparks turn on in the brain and even for a second makes you want to thank you for waking up and lets have a good day. COUNT how much less your days are that your depressed or mad at something or some for not going your way.what do you have to lose, try it God wants you to say,"listen I need....We are not meant to do this Life alone. So don't worry about carying the weight of something you can never share, free yourself . and true freedom is living without permission. So don't carry the extra baggage, keep it to a cary on and not a cargo plane . GC ©

Driving Naked with God - The Journey of a man unedited and exposed after the truth of god.

Driving Naked with God - By Greg Costa ©

"Fancy Shoes"

Going to dinner I realize I'm wearing dress shoes for the first time in five years. I needed a nice outfit today. People believe that disability comes with a uniform or a stereotypical "look." That using the aid of a scooter or walking with a cane means, you no longer want to be polished or stylish. The judgment is that you shouldn't present yourself to the world all pulled together because it's somehow false or misleading, somehow I'm "less" disabled. If what I put on my back somehow miraculously cause me to be healthy or be in less pain, I'd buy stock in Armani. 

There's also the idea that your clothes reflect your financial state or bank balance. A lot of my wardrobe are relics from when my life was in "feast" mode, right now I'm closer to famine.I had nice clothes before my accident so I don't go out shopping I just wear the clothes that I haven't been able to wear for five years because I haven't had a life, being social or working on gaining my independence back moving back to the city where I can grow on my own and learn. 

I received a Facebook comment after I uploaded a video of my dad and someone else driving a fire truck in a children's parade. My scooter was strapped to the back of the truck and they lifted me up and I was able to have like the first time in my life be a part of parades because I was always hurt and I couldn't do anything with the sound and everything so loud it was a huge benchmark in my recovery. I was in pain but i still did it. I was dizzy as everyone held me up, But no one saw that unless you were actually there. People only want to see what suits them.
In their ignorance, the commenter spoke about me of being wealthy, I guess it was a passive-aggressive way of saying I am an elitist and spoiled. The truth is I'm not financially wealthy, but I am wealthy in my faith and in my relationships. God has blessed me with being able to do the things that I'm doing in my recovery, and I won't let any outside judgment taint that. 
Should I feel guilty for not just recovering my health, but my life? Having a disability feels like punishment enough, should I submit myself to a mentality of homelessness, poverty, and hopelessness so everyone else feels comfortable or more willing to accept my life?

- Greg Costa ©

Photography By Evan Baines aka Bad ass