There is a saying that things often happen for a reason and while I usually believe it, I don’t always need such a blatant reminder to slow down and appreciate the more mellow side of life. Yet, that is what I know must do, thanks to DWP and a faulty, sunken water meter.
As I walked my dog Charlie, a slow walking dog of 10 years, around my neighborhood, quasi-training for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk I will be completing in September, My foot twisted painfully as I stepped on what I thought was level sidewalk, but was instead a 3″ drop.
So, as I lay on the ground, Charlie staring at me quizzically, I pondered my choices and decided I had none but to limp the 30 minutes home. My, that tennis shoe was tight by the time I got home! I was sure it was just a sprain, so I wrapped it tightly and continues with my usual active life.
Finally, Tuesday, my husband suggested quietly that I might want to see a doctor-since my foot was quite purple. The doctor thought it was most likely a spain, but she would call the next day if the x-rays showed more. At noon the next day, while eating lunch in the staff lunchroom, my phone rang and I was requested to show up at the orthopedic doctor the next morning. After 2 hours I left with a lovely bright pink cast.
I can no longer hop up and down multitasking, turn on a dime, maneuver effortlessly through my kindergarten classroom or sadly, walk Charlie. My training for the Avon Walk is on hold, as is yoga class. What is left? I can plow through that ominous stack of books, write, balance my budget and take control of my finances, sit sipping green tea and work on my Happiness Project. It actually is possible to slow down.
When they say that everything happens for a reason, I guess my reason is to take the time to stop and appreciate things because after all, it is hard to focus on things when you move so quickly that life is a blur.