Have you ever done something in real life and immediately wished you could hit the virtual world's "BACK" button? That's exactly what I wanted to do April 18th when I stepped backwards off my second porch step, landed on the edge of the cement walkway and twisted my left ankle as I went down to the ground hard. I spent the evening at a Sister's of Mercy Urgent Care Center (these people are wonderful, by the way) awaiting X-rays and diagnosis of a fractured fibula. I had been sentenced to a cast and crutches for 6-8 weeks. (I'm aiming at four weeks!)
How could this happen at the height of Spring garden planting, photographic excursions and hiking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mtn trails around Asheville -- not to mention the upcoming trip to visit clients in NYC and Boston, and a week at the Outer Banks with family in late May. Could I just pretend it didn't happen and make it go away? Afraid not, Chris. Yea, it was a stupid move, but it is what it is. The only thing to do now, is move forward. There is no "BACK" button in real life!
So, a couple weeks into my unexpected adventure I thought it would be worthwhile to list some of what I've learned -- even if just for myself -- and perhaps you will find it useful as well. In a nutshell, the limited mobility has forced me to slow down and be more careful and thoughtful about everything I do. I'm getting an opportunity to be more in concert with my philosophy of "living fully in the present moment", and I must say, it's suprisingly profound in its impact. I encourage you to step back, slow down, take a few deep breaths and get in the present moment flow WITHOUT having to go through an incident like I did!
OK, here's the list:
- You cannot change what has already happened -- you can only move forward
- Use the down time to reflect, re-focus, repair, strengthen, learn new things, and develop new skills, habits & attributes
- Find creative ways to adapt to unexpected situations and discover new pathways that bring you joy and fulfillment
- Don't be dissuaded from an inspired path, if upon reflection it still holds up in spite of changing circumstances
- In truth, multi-tasking is a myth. The human mind can only focus on one thing in each micro-second, so pay attention to what's most important in the moment
- Be happy, enjoy life, don't pout or complain