Since my retirement, I have been very busy, networking, going to meetings, meeting amazing people, seeing friends, and just having a blast. I had been working very long hours at my job, and that was the only way that I knew to operate. I was telling myself that I had slowed down, but I apparently NOT enough. Guess I thought if my calendar was not booked, I was not “in action”.
Last week I was on my way to one of my favorite meetings with a wonderful group of women in my community. I had some really fun events planned over the next few weeks, so I was very excited about what was going on. I had left my phone in the house, so I went back in to get it, and I “fell off my shoe”. My ankle twisted and I caught myself and thought, “wow, that hurts”. I got back in my car and went to the meeting. When I got out of my car, I thought, this hurts more than normal. I limped into the meeting and a friend looked it my foot and said, “get her a wheelchair and take her to the emergency room”.
So, off we went to the emergency room. A very quick check, x-rays, and then the “dreaded” black boot arrived with the nurse. I said I guess I am not going to be able to the drive to Fort Worth for the International Coaches Federation that afternoon, or meet my friend in Fredericksburg to hike this beautiful mountain or go to Vancouver for a wonderful workshop. The doctor said let’s take it one day at a time. You can drive on a limited basis, and you need to see the Podiatrist as soon as possible.
Luckily, I was able to see the doctor, and he put a cast on my foot, another black boot and said I would be on crutches for 6-8 weeks! I ended up having surgery and can’t drive for the next few weeks. Wow, my entire world came tumbling down. I had my “pity party”, poor me, I have so much to do, etc. Then I really took a breath and thought about where I am. This is not life threatening, it’s not my heart, a stroke, or cancer, it’s just an inconvenience for me, that will pass. After really coming to grips with where I am now and the minor things that will have to change over the next few weeks. I am truly a very lucky person.
I believe that there are many lessons here for me, and I am going to slow down and really listen to the foo foos and see what’s out there. My biggest lesson right now is to be grateful and to really live each day to its fullest. Also, to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the journey and everything along the way. So, the moral is SLOW DOWN, TAKE A BREATH AND BE PRESENT TODAY!
Are you ignoring those “dang foo foos” about something in your life? If so, then I might suggest that you slow down, take a breath and listen or they might just stop you in your tracks. THANK goodness they stopped me!