Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lessons From My Back...So Far

I was in an automobile accident on April 20th. The car was totaled. I had - and still have - many physical issues because of it. The latest issue is that my back went out.

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I always try to pay attention to and notice what's going on so I can learn the lessons that are being "taught" to me. This helps me to better understand WHY things happen. There are the typical physical lessons, but underneath that are the more important spiritual lessons. Those are the things I try to understand.

Here are the things I've learned so far:

1. The first lesson happened when instead of turning around to move, I took a step backwards. Pain shot through my back and leg. Lesson - DON'T go backwards. Only move forward.

2. The second lesson happened when I tried to go for a walk. My normal gait is rather large steps. This shot pain through my back and hip. Lesson - while moving forward, take small steps.

3. While shopping, all of a sudden my back felt like it was going to explode. I realized that it was because I was carrying a large purse filled with "everything but the kitchen sink." Lesson - lighten my load. I don't have to carry everyone's burdens.

4. If I stand in one place too long, my back and hips start hurting, burning. Lesson - Don't stand still too long. Move forward.

These are all things I "know", but unfortunately sometimes have to be reminded. I want to learn these lessons and start living them so I don't have to go through these "classes" again.

I suppose that for some people, this is an unusual way of looking at things. For me, it makes life more interesting and gives purpose to what might be perceived as unfortunate circumstances. Instead of feeling sorry for myself for the pain I'm experiencing, I look for the lessons so I can learn the "why's" of what's going on in my life and hopefully change.

If you're a person that's in pain - physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual - I hope this can help you in some way. I know it helps me.

Love, Paula

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