When I was preparing this blog earlier in the week, I had a "sciatic nerve" adventure happening. The funny part when I didn't feel it, "all seemed normal". Then I turned a certain way or walk a few steps, and a sharp pain in a place you can't rub or ibuprofen away, quickly became, a question of. . .what in the world is this?? I reflected on days when their was no physical discomfort, a normal day. A day filled with a list of "to dos" and you follow through and do what you need to get it done. Pretty simple stuff! That NERVE PAIN, those moments of discomfort to the point of not wanting to walk, allowed me to reflect, how the smallest thing in our life can change, a moment in time that can challenge your "normal" routine. Can turn your ROUTINE. . upside down.
Immediately, without warning or notice, the structure, the stage of life, is now set with a different way of doing what needs to be done, a different direction, a new way of moving, or trying to function with the underline goal of finding that known comfort and the desire to return to a normal state, the term, the song floats in your thoughts of "I used to be"?!
The adventure of this journey is what can be found in this pain, in the discomfort?; it brought a reflection ~ that which I like to call a P & R time (pause and reflect), it brought appreciation and gratitude of what I had and had easily taken for granted, getting up, sitting down, walking.
It brought a connection of those who live with this constantly and or those who have it much worse physically, with more than "time" required to function "normally".
It allowed a space to find creativity to do what needs to be done, but now with new eyes, a new perspective, a search of new doors that are wide open and requires, a quiet space to listen and to receive all that surrounds me. It all came through that moment of discomfort.
My remedy, as with most things that challenge my life, is to recognize when I'm a new player to this game, to know there is a route, a lighted direction to find my way through the challenge. In this case, physical discomfort was the challenge, so in that moment, the first step was my mind, my way of thinking, my perspective on the discomfort.
I made the decision and the thought for me was, "I don't plan to, I have no intention of camping on this site, no rubbing of wombs, no Kumbaya. This state is temporary". That really is just who I am and how I face most things. It is just how God created me. This is a moment, I take the lesson from it of being Grateful, to focus on all the things in life that I'm grateful for. Alongside this mindset, that I chose to operate from (you have to make a choice on how you decide to react, I believe in all areas of life), I also did my stretches (took action in areas that I could move in) to relieve the pressure, that I knew in time would help.
The pressure point is what set the stage for this week's blog of "I take a lot for granted" and of course I included YOU, to say "We" take a lot for granted. For anything we have access to someone, somewhere does not and that list can be endless.
If you have experienced the death of a loved one, attended a funeral or memorial service, you have a moment of reflection. You have an awareness of what is really important to this gift we call life. You reflect on the last conversations, or visits, or shared events with that loved one. All the things you said and thought about but didn't say. For some it is a thought of "I wish we I had or we had" or it could be a thought of "I'm grateful, that life was shared and celebrated".
You also weigh out those things that surround you that really don't hold the same value or level of importance as in times past.
The same is true, if you've ever went to a doctor's appointment for your routine visit. Your normal tests, now shows something that requires a closer look, now a routine visit becomes a moment, a reflected. . ummmm?! In that moment, you have to put your mind to work, your spirit and take on that everything will be fine. Pray and keep moving. The end result the tests shows nothing wrong, but during that time you again recognized the precious gift we call life.
A child, a spouse, a parent, a dear friend, faces a crisis or is hurt or facing a life challenge, you find yourself back in Gratitude during and at the end of these life challenges. You find yourself humbled and you recognize quickly how much control you really have?!
You recognize this Gift we call Life.
This blog is for a PAUSE & REFLECT, a quiet moment, to take in this Gift we have called Life. To appreciate the Glass Half Full. The power of taking on a life challenge that we don't sign up for but we decide to find the Ray of Light in those moments, asking what can we learn, what can we share, what can we add to make those moments an Asset and not a Liability in our life and or into the life of someone else. It is not what happens, it is how we react that is the power.
This would be another benefit of starting a Gratitude Journal, a daily reflection. It can be long inserts, it can be a sentence, an image, a photo, as the AUTHOR, we can decide, but this would aid and keep us in that state of appreciating this Gift we call life and you never know where this all might lead in our life or into the life of someone else.