Have you ever been in so much pain that you are looking for anything to relieve it? I have. I could be referring to physical pain and but there is also emotion pain. I think there are more remedies for physical pain than there are for pain experienced by the heart and soul. With physical pain you can pinpoint the cause a bit easier and treat it as recommended. In this case, I am talking about more of an emotional ache. I have had times when my heart hurt and I was broken down like a an abandoned ride on the side of the road. This sounds like lyrics for a Country Music song performed on Dr. Phil.
I approach these times differently now with some experience under my belt. There have been times when I have lifted myself up and taken myself OUT of my misery; OUT of my WOE by putting one foot in front of the other in search of relief. I was overly humbled and looking for a glimpse of encouragement. I think we tend to hang on to our woe sometimes until we are done with sitting in it. It’s like poking a bruise to remember it hurts. I think putting the mental hand out, making the physical steps to receive a new direction for our hearts and heads to go into through this use of observation.
None of this can happen at times like this without a look up, a hand out or a first step. Take one and the others will follow.
Through this action, the pain turns to a celebration of gratitude. None of this can happen at times like this without a look up, a hand out or a first step. Take one and the others will follow. Great creativity can be born from these low places, but it’s not where I personally want to dwell. At this point in my life, it’s nice to recognize these times and turn them around pretty quickly.
This is a time when you see the sky in a whole new way. Images are etched in your mind. The process of observing people, places and things is restorative. It’s like that first drink of water after being thirsty for a long time. You're amazed at how delicious it really is. If you encounter a time like this, consider it an invitation to go see things. Average sightings are glorious. You will look at yourself (sitting in self-pity) in contrast with the tree that has barely one good limb and still manages to boast such promise with a brilliant display of buds on that branch, in the dead of a bitter cold winter. You can do this. You can.
I would love to know about any observations you may have made during a time like this. Leave a comment below or email me to share. firstname.lastname@example.org