Malvern, PA (July 1, 2014) – Malvern Institute is pleased to announce the new addition to the team, Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame goaltender, Bernie Parent. We have been working with Bernie for several years. He has been our keynote speaker at several events and has spent time with our patients talking about his life in recovery.
Mr. Parent has spent the last 35 years of his life in recovery. After many struggles, trials and tribulations with addiction in his earlier years, he understands that addiction is a daily battle that must be tackled head-on with the help of a strong support system. Bernie began his recovery much like many of the patients at the Malvern Institute and believes wholeheartedly in our methods and philosophy. Most importantly, he connects with our patients, forms bonds, and acts as a role model to any and all people that struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, as he was able to take control of his addiction and come out on top of the game.
About Malvern Institute:
A leader in the addiction field, Malvern Institute, founded in 1948, operates a total of 167 beds for Inpatient Drug and Alcohol treatment located in both Willow Grove and Malvern, PA. We provide an evidence-based model of clinical care along with a 12-step approach that will provide engagement and monitoring for at least 90 days. Malvern is licensed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Drug and Alcohol and the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
To get on the road to recovery, please call 800-647-8073 TODAY, or visit www.malverninstitute.com!
Had a great time with my friends from Fox 29
at Zumba class in Wildwood, NJ this morning!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
START YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND OFF WITH A LEGEND!
For the past 2 summers, Gateway 26 and I partnered to bring a unique opportunity for hockey fans of all ages on the Wildwood boardwalk, and we will end the summer season on Labor Day Weekend 2014. We have established a fan meet-and-greet, with the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of my book, “Unmasked”, exclusive, autographed photos, and autographs on items of your choice. First and foremost, we want to thank the loyal fans for joining us the past couple summers, making the experience each week a huge success!
I’ll be making a special appearance at Gateway 26 on Saturday, August 30th, 2014!
Gateway 26 is located at 26th Street and Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Autograph with photo opportunity: $20.00
Enjoy your last weekend of the summer in The Wildwoods!
My little buddy Penelope from South Philly and I at Gateway 26!
What a great turn out!
Visit me every Monday night at Gateway 26,
located at 26th and Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ.
Enjoy the Wildwoods!
I completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge AND donated to this great cause!
Thanks to the ALS Hope Foundation and teammate Jimmy Watson for nominating me.
Now…I nominate Ed Snider of the Philadelphia Flyers,
Jeff Lurie of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Dave Montgomery of the Philadelphia Phillies.
You have 24 hours to complete this challenge…you’re on the clock!
See the original article on Philly.com.
There are so many things to be grateful for. I am not alone when I say I have the ability to focus on what I don’t have. It’s tough being in a situation that you’re always wanting what you don’t have as opposed to being grateful for what you do have.
There is power in being thankful. It is the power of attraction. If I’m grateful for all of the things around me, I will attract more of those good things. If I’m negative all the time, you better believe I will attract more negativity.
Every morning when I get up, I have a little routine. I say out loud the things that I’m grateful for. If you’re not careful, you’ll forget to be grateful for waking up in the morning in good health, for being able to see, talk, hear and so on.
I’ll give you an example…
My boat hasn’t run in two years, and people in the marina always come up to me and say, “Your boat still isn’t running after all of that work you put into fixing it. Aren’t you angry?” And my answer is always the same: “Look at the bright side…I’m grateful I have a boat. I’m grateful that I can watch a beautiful sunset while I sit on the back of it with some friends smoking a cigar.” Instead of being upset that the boat isn’t working, I change it into something positive.
I’m not perfect. I’m human. If I’m not careful, I might let the fact that I put a lot of time and effort into fixing my boat with no outcome get to me; but I make a point to stay away from that. And I didn’t always think this way. The older I get, the wiser I get. I read a lot of philosophy books, which has helped me to accept life’s terms and make better decisions for myself.
If things aren’t going right socially, financially, etc., the question I would ask myself is, “Who am I hanging around with?” You have to classify what it is you’re looking to make better: your social life, your love life, your spirituality, your economic status. If I want to be at a certain level, but the people around me just have a bad attitude about life in general, I won’t be able to get where I need to go in order to achieve my goal. I have to surround myself with good, like-minded individuals that feel the way that I want to feel. If I’m sick and tired week after week, month after month, year after year, what has to change? I have to change. No one else is responsible for my happiness.
The last couple of weeks, I haven’t had much fun because I took on a responsibility that I had absolutely no control over. A couple of my friends are sick and in bad shape physically and I allowed myself to bring those negative feelings onto myself. I almost put myself in a depressed state. I was over-thinking about the negative things that may happen and I let my guard down. But I have a quote that I read to myself when I start to let negative energy get to me, and it goes like this:
“Over-thinking is the art of creating problems that weren’t even there to begin with.” – Unknown
I was over-thinking some of my friends’ physical problems and projecting those feelings back onto myself in a negative way. I anticipated the worst and I took myself down with it. This morning, I woke up and realized what I was doing wrong. I changed my perception, which won’t necessarily make my friends better, but my attitude toward the situation will hopefully lift their spirits. And that is all that I can hope for.
For every situation you will encounter in your lifetime, there is going to be a positive and negative side. You have to make the choice. You have to choose the path that you will take.
There will be people who read this article and say, “I have nothing to be grateful for. My life sucks.” I’ll tell you all the same thing…You have the ability to read this article. You have at least one of the senses that God gave you to receive this message. And I hope you use it.
Today, I’m grateful that I recognize who I am, and I’m grateful to march on with what I believe in with my vision.