Even though I touched briefly on this topic in an earlier newsletter, now that I am on the other side of my recovery and things are getting back to normal, I want to share my thoughts in order to hopefully help others who are struggling - whether it be from injury, illness, stress, etc.
Sometimes when I have a break in my routine, for whatever reason, it is difficult to get back into the swing of things. This goes for exercise, writing, blogging, etc. Some things we can change. Some we can’t. When we are faced with obstacles, it is best to meet them head on and acknowledge them and then shift your focus to what you can do right now. I've faced some physical obstacles recently with my bone spur foot surgery and then a nasty stomach bug. When my focus was on the things I wasn't able to do, I was a cranky, unhappy person to be around. When I shifted that focus to the things I was able to do, my whole demeanor changed. I had to make a choice - did I want to continue to wallow in self-pity or did I want to feel better? No brainer! I wanted to feel better, so I chose to focus on the things I could do that I knew would make me feel better. For me that included rest, exercise I was able to do, proper nutrition, spending time with friends and family, and unplugging from my iPhone/internet when possible.
My mother has a saying she’s been using for years that really used to frustrate me when she said it. The saying goes, “This too shall pass.” I think it frustrated me because it did little to alleviate whatever I was going through. However, as I’ve matured, I’ve come to believe that it is true. It will pass. Everything does pass. Maybe that is why it frustrated me…because it was true and sometimes the truth is hard to hear. It’s only when I get a glimpse of clarity that I can truly see that, “This too shall pass.”
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