Why my disastrous week led me to a good place full of gratitude
Recently, I talked to a good friend of mine on the topic of gratitude and we both agreed that it would not exist without the challenging and difficult times. These contrasting happy and less happy moments give us a sense of perspective.
Last week, I have had ample opportunity to experience this first hand. I injured my back, when I fell off an armchair standing on one of the arm supports trying to get something up high. This made me grateful for the times I could move freely. It also made me appreciate yoga because it helped me to recover faster from the injury.
However, even yoga had something to teach me this week. Normally, I would do a five to ten minute headstand to regenerate. This time it resulted in completely blood shot eyelids - probably the result of the fall.
Then I burned myself by moving my arm over a boiling kettle, getting a first-degree burn and getting a chance to be grateful for our all skin mending Healing Solution Spray.
After this I ended up with a cold, probably a result of the plane travel we did before New Year's and lack of energy flow in the spine from the fall. This gave me another chance to be grateful for times when I am not sick.
My cold resulted in a cough that gave me the opportunity to be grateful for being able to breathe freely and speak clearly because I also lost my voice.
Throughout it all, I am also very grateful that Skai has been very caring and attentive, volunteering to afternoon cuddles and snoozes. His happiness and presence is healing too.
So here I am, having one of those human moments. I know that it all will blow over, but it has been a real opportunity to be grateful for the things that we often take for granted.
I have seen many people feeling bad when they get a cold or can't do what they are normally capable off, hiding their weaknesses from the sight of others. I try to see these situations as the body and mind training ground, strengthening the immune system to fight off diseases, cancer and serious stuff that may attempt to harbour in our bodies down the road.
This is also an opportunity to be more compassionate to others, animals and people, who suffer from conditions and problems that are not curable and reversible.
Let's thank life and the universe for all the learning it provides us because despite it being challenging and frustrating, there would be no happiness without it!
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM