Last week I learnt that I broke my ankle.
While i was traveling over December and January I thought I'd actually just rolled that ankle on a day out at the beach. Strangely I didn't know it was broken until I had an Xray when I got back home.
I think I was in denial.
Now I'm in healing mode, so I've been forced to walk as little as possible, wear a stabilizing boot, slow down and be patient.
And in the process, I'm discovering a few hard truths.
Here's 3 things I'm learning:
#1 Denial gets you nowhere.
Stubbornly I thought I didn't want to interrupt my holiday more than necessary by spending time getting a rolled ankle checked out. We've all rolled our ankles at some stage - it's not a life or death issue - and they heal on their own....right?
The fact is that if I'd faced the issue head on , spent the time then and there getting it properly checked out, I'd already be half way to healing.
Denial is something like fear, I think. It's making me look hard at what I'm afraid of. Is it that I was letting others down? Costly medical expenses? Worrying that I'm not as fit as I used to be?
Who knows...but it has given me plenty to think about.
#2 It's hard to accept help.
This is a tough one for me. I'm independent and also probably have a bit of a stubborn streak (not pretty to realize) . I tell myself I don't want to be a bother, and "I can do it myself" anyway,
But what I also realize is that by accepting help, I'm allowing the person I love to express their love for me too, in a caring and concerned way.
And having that is an absolute gift in our lives.
#3 Patience is a virtue.
I don't have enough of it but i'm working on it. Rest and recovery is powerful, and when we allow ourselves to slow down and listen to our bodies we hear the messages it's trying to share.
I go too fast sometimes, always thinking ahead to the next thing, and I'm often missing out on the gifts of being fully in the present moment.
My own coach shared this gem with me, and I'm learning that its so true...even in stillness we are "working" on getting better in ourselves.
That might mean better physically, better in our work endeavors, better in our spiritual journey, or better in our relationships.
And one way to accept this is to know that clarity and new ideas can come because we are simply creating the space for them.
The final thought I have about all this that when we trust the timing of life's ups and downs nothing is ever wasted. Good moments come from sitting with the challenge and being patient.
Do any of these challenges sound familiar? Do you feel like you are going too fast and missing out on the joy of the gifts that are right in front of you?
Do you even know what gifts are available to you?
If these ideas resonate with you and perhaps you want more patience, space and acceptance in your life, click on the Book Now to set up a time to chat with me more.
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