Many times the universe can give us subtle hints or nudges in a certain direction. There are times we hear faint whispers of messages that we need, or we coincidences that occur in our lives as God’s way of acknowledging we’re on the right path. Then there are times we get smacked upside the head as to say “HEY! Listen, I’m talking to you!” Sometimes we get that smack in the head, brush it off and ignore that it happened. Unfortunately if you ignore the messages, they often come back even louder until we get the message. My advice? Don’t wait for that.
I love my crazy life so don’t get me wrong. I feel I do a good job staying connected and grounded to what’s important. I know we go full speed ahead a large percentage of the time but we do it with our family and friends. I love that most everything I do, I do for my family, my friends or my community and I make time for myself with exercise, blogging, time with my girlfriends, etc. HOWEVER…I’ve been given a message that I need to slow down. How do I know that’s the message? Because I have an air cast on my foot. Yep, a sexy black boot on my right ankle. It’s nothing serious. Just a little tendon damage that needs some time to heal and it will. I have it on though because I was NOT allowing my body to heal on it’s own. After injuring it running, I gave it a couple of weeks to heal and then went right back to my training program for the half marathon. Then after the race, I knew it needed time so I took a break from running but I did continue with the normal day to day. Sure I iced it, elevated and even rested it for several weeks but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. So God decided to tell me to chill out. Stick a boot on it and rest.
I have to tell you though; I’m still struggling with it. It’s hard to slow down. It’s hard to ask for help when I’m used to doing so much. I got my pretty new black boot on Thursday evening and last night it really dawned on me that I’m STILL not taking care of myself the way I should. So I’m making a declaration of sorts. I’m going to allow myself to heal. My ankle needs a minimum of three weeks in this air cast and I need to give it the rest it needs. I’m going to ask for more help and graciously accept it when someone offers. I am going to do less and rest more. On an airplane, they instruct you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then on your children. That is for a very logical reason; the better we take care of ourselves the more we can help others. I actually just told a good friend of mine that a couple weeks ago. Its time I took that advice for myself and listen to the messages that I’m being giving. It’s time to slow down for a bit.
The realization that I haven’t been listening as clearly as I should about my foot, makes me wonder if I’m paying attention to the other signs and messages I’m being given. We will all have those little coincidences, those “God winks” that can easily be missed. Was I paying attention to them? Well if I wasn’t, I am now!