They say timing is everything, but it never feels like the right time when an injury happens. Last week, I mentioned that I hurt my ankle while jumping in shallow water in a lake in Michigan. Over two weeks passed and my ankle was still hurting pretty badly. I had the sinking feeling that perhaps the impact fractured a bone. With the Big Sky Retreat just one week away, dread began to wash over me. This is probably the worst possible time for me to be incapacitated. Not only will my responsibilities at the retreat have me running all over the place, but I have a hiking trip planned in Yellowstone when the retreat finishes. A medical boot or crutches would not be welcome additions to my Montana experience.
Suddenly the message “slow down” got even louder. I immediately cut back any extraneous physical activities or outings and practiced the famous R.I.C.E. (Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevate.) Thankfully, I scheduled very few appointments and no workshops in August because of my vacation and busy fall schedule. What I discovered this week was how much I enjoyed not doing so much! I stayed in bed longer. I read a book. I also accomplished quite a few things that had been on my “to do” list a long time that didn’t require me to stand up. That felt great. Hmm. What if this ankle injury was actually perfectly timed?
On Wednesday, I went to a walk-in clinic to get my ankle checked out. After an examination and three X-rays, the doctor determined it was not broken, just very angry. He told me to keep doing what I’ve been doing and take ibuprofen if needed. I’m happy to report that my ankle is feeling much better, but I’m still going to take it easy and continue wearing the ankle brace I bought at CVS. As for the Big Sky Retreat and Yellowstone, I trust I will be able to do what I need to do and will have the wisdom to not do what I can’t do. For now, I am grateful for this blessing in disguise that has given me time to rest.
A Course in Miracles defines a miracle as a shift in perception from fear to love. It truly is a miracle that I was able to do that around this situation with my ankle. If you are struggling with a situation that feels like anything but a miracle, please consider reaching out for assistance. I would be honored to help you shift your perception from fear to love around any challenge that is weighing you down with a series of Life Coaching sessions or a private Family Constellations session. Both can be done from anywhere in the world by telephone or computer. Please look around my website or send me an email for more information or to schedule a session.
Until next time, before you go jump in a lake, make sure it’s deep enough or you might just experience a blessing in disguise like I did.
Your passage through time and space is not at random.
You cannot but be in the right place at the right time.
A Course in Miracles – WB-42.2.