Yesterday I woke up to a rainy, drizzly morning, one afternoon appointment and the drive to dig into my taxes. Apparently, the Universe had another plan! I went down to my office storage room to find that box of tax receipts that was hidden among other file boxes I had moved. In what seemed to be a flash, I felt immense pain as my back spasmed and the next thing I knew, I could feel my two cats, Luna and Sundae, rubbing up against my face and my feet, as if to nudge me awake. Apparently, I had passed out from the pain and when I came to, I was unable to move. Eventually I got myself up and called for help, which got me to the place I am today. In a chair, propped up with pillow, on muscle relaxants and ibuprofen and sitting on an ice pack.
Not at all my plan! So now what? Ahhh, yes … that universal formula! The one I choose to live my life by, however sometimes forget in times of challenge!
E + R = O
Event + Response = Outcome
Life is unpredictable. Events happen. Setbacks are an inevitable part of our journey. However, it is our response to these challenges that truly defines us. So how am I choosing to respond to my current situation? Surrender to the present moment, extreme self care, embracing resilience, being grateful, looking for the silver linings and finding a way to serve others.
Despite my physical confinement, I chose to embrace resilience—a deep-seated determination to rise above my circumstances. Resilience is a muscle that grows stronger with each challenge we overcome. It is an unwavering belief in our ability to adapt and grow. By adopting a resilient mindset, we empower ourselves to view setbacks as temporary and as opportunities for personal growth and transformation. Embracing resilience allows us to tap into our inner strength and become unstoppable forces capable of achieving greatness. And sometimes we need an ice pack and some ibuprofen to ease the discomfort!
In the midst of difficult times, it is natural to focus on what we lack rather than what we have. However, cultivating gratitude and appreciation can shift our perspective and bring forth moments of joy. Despite my physical pain and limitations in this moment, I recognized that I still had countless blessings to be grateful for—the love of friends and family, the beauty of nature as I sit on my ice pack and look out at the lake and listen to the bird song, and the simple pleasures of life, like Luna curled up on my lap sharing a glimpse of what the world looks like in between cat naps and purring episodes. Expressing gratitude enables us to find solace even in the darkest moments and fuels our resilience.
Seeking Silver Linings
Within every cloud, there is a silver lining waiting to be discovered. Although confined to a chair, my back injury forced me to slow down, reassess my priorities, and rediscover neglected passions. I was inspired to write this blog and next I will close my eyes while I listen to a new audio book by Joe Dispenza which will provide an opportunity for reflection and personal growth that doing my taxes certainly would not have provided.
Adversity has a way of unveiling the most profound life lessons. By actively seeking the silver linings in our struggles, we open ourselves to transformative growth and profound self-discovery, if we are willing to embrace the opportunity to learn, adapt, and be fully present in the moment, even in the face of adversity.
Finding Meaning in Serving Others
True fulfillment lies in how we impact the lives of others. Even in the midst of our own challenges, we can find meaning by serving and uplifting those around us. Despite my physical limitations in this moment, I felt compelled to share my experience and, perhaps, help one of my readers navigate their own challenges today.
Life's challenges can leave us feeling defeated and questioning our purpose, but within every setback lies the potential for growth and self-discovery. Our current events and circumstances do not define us; it is our response to them that creates our outcomes, shapes our character, allows us to inspire and help create a world where challenges become stepping stones to greatness.
For today, I'll ice, rest and relax to the sound of Luna's purring and the feeling of her fur running through my fingers. As for tomorrow, I guess we'll just have to wait and see ...