This week I had an experience that shook me a bit.
I am a very introspective person. I don't think anything happens by chance and when something gives me a raddle I tend to spend a lot of time reflecting on it and learning from it.
We planned a nice girls day out with my 88 year old Grandma. And before the day even got started, we had an accident.
My grandma lost her balance and fell. Our nice day out turned into an anxious few hours in an ER where we learned that she had an injury that required surgery. .
One tiny moment, one minor lapse in body awareness not only changed our day but her life for the foreseeable future. She is currently recovering from a successful surgery and soaking up all the healing vibes she can get. But the lessons I learned that day are profound.
No. 1) Grace. My Grandma is one of a kind, she is so full of love and gratitude for every single thing around her. Despite her injury and the looming troubles to come, there was no drama. She was upbeat and loving, happy to have her family near.
No. 2) Acceptance. It was an accident. There was nothing anyone of us could have done to prevent what happened. Everyones priorities shifted in a moment and no one hesitated, no one complained, we took our fears and our worries and our sadness and put them in our back pocket because there was no place for it there. .
No. 3) Our bodies are amazing. But we are not invincible. I've been told this before, encouraged to be more cautious. But its awareness that holds more power than caution. Caution holds fear. Where awareness just being realistic about body and our surroundings. .
No. 4) This is my only body and there are things about it that I can control, and things that I cannot. .
My grandma is happy and fearless in a very difficult situation. My family is supportive and loving without question. Faced with fear and tragedy everyone just did what they needed to do. .
I spend a lot of my life stumbling over my priorities, caught up with fear and excuses. If it's possible to take this as a lesson, an example of how to face this life every day, then I have the best teachers in the world. .
Have you ever had a moment shake you awake?