“Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you.”
Every step we take leads somewhere. Over the summer my steps led me to stay silent and still. You haven’t heard much from me as I had little to say. I even stayed off social media for the most part which made more time for what I needed.
I am back at it again full swing, and happy to be home but a string of bad luck did visit this week, the good news is I realize this happened for a reason and lessons were learned. I’ll explain more about that in a minute. First I want to talk about my Summer. It was delicious. I read a lot. I bonded with my family and sat around a lot of campfires. One of the books, Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson taught me a lot.
What I learned from this book is our brains are hardwired to hold onto negative experiences and feelings. It is a caveman thing. To feel happier, calmer and more confident we need to hold onto positive experiences and reframe negative ones. I found myself doing this consistently. There is a whole process in the book and it works.
Back to this week: My son got six stitches on his chin, and I broke a rib resulting in two trips to the emergency room in three days.
I felt frustrated and weepy at first as I have no time for this.
But maybe I did need this injury… Doctors orders were to schedule deep breaths once an hour. I found an app that does this and now each hour I hear a little cough from the app as a reminder to take ten deep breaths. If I don’t do this, I could end up with Pneumonia. My ribs hurt a lot and when I can’t get comfortable, the exercise of taking breaths calms me down and for each inhale I think of something positive. Gratitude is a big part of my journey these days.
The next six weeks my body will be recovering. How I spend my time will be very intentional. I am excited by this. I didn’t intend to break a rib to get a little more “me time” but I will take it for what it is.
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