Life has ways of humbling you. If you're wise, you take the easy lessons. But most of us don't and, like me, have to be knocked flat out before we "get it." I regret that. Lesson #1 for me is to be more "teachable" and mindful of the lessons that come while they're easy. There have been signs over the past months that I need to settle down but, of course, I didn't get it. Not until two viruses forced me out of life and to look within because looking without was painful. Literally. And to be more diligent about hand washing, too. The lessons have come in gentler ways, but I was too hard headed to learn them until I was knocked flat out.
Don't ignore the lessons until they're painful. Slow down and get it the first time. Otherwise, it will keep coming harder and faster until you DO get it.
It really is amazing how circumstances can change your perspective. Friday, a lot of people were talking about what a lovely day it would have been to have off. I was just glad to be back in the office, and I left feeling more accomplished than I have in over a month. Yes, I'm sure this will wear off in time, as the day to day grind settles in and I get accustomed to it. But for now, I'm just grateful to be back to life. Being sick for a month showed me that normal, ordinary life is more miraculous and extraordinary than we realize.
So now the focus is on getting back in that routine, and it's a focus I'm glad to finally have. I'm gaining my strength and slowly putting all of the pieces back into place and into motion. The trick now is to take advantage of an opportunity to establish a better balance than I had before. Every minute of every day doesn't have to be filled. I need to leave some space to just "be" and enjoy life.
That's the goal. Pray for our continued healing and success in reaching it.
That's all today. Take care, and have a great week.