Except among distant associates and strangers passing by, it is well known that staying on my feet is quite a challenge. My history of falling is chronicled in my memoir, Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness. At the end, I celebrated my position of "Upright".
One week before Thanksgiving, I was gripped by a pain in my gut that knocked me off my feet. Gripping indigestion, draining dehydration, aching muscles, feverish bouts and weakening fatigue ganged up and knocked me off my feet -- again. The doctor said that it was an intestinal infection that, through regurgitation, had damaged my vocal chords and left me voiceless.
Laying on my back and contemplating a family day that I would spend alone (self-imposed so as not to spread germs), I composed my "Gratitude List". There is an up side of being down:
- Offers new perspective, a way of looking at things from a different position
- Gives time for rest, sleeping, writing
- Removes guilt for taking the time to take care of me
- Reminds my "being" that, sooner rather than later, I can be back on my feet and walking.
I am grateful. Share what is on your gratitude list.