Saturday, February 19, 2005

What a Week!

As you can tell from the lack of postings during the past few days, I have had one of those hectic weeks. The kind that makes you want to hit the rewind button and start all over again so you can do things differently, or if that can’t be done, hit the fast forward button and just get it over-with!!!

The movie on Monday night knocked me off balance, and then just when I was catching my breath and on my feet again, something else would blind-side me with a bit more force and over I would go again- kerplunk! Yep, it was one of those weeks. I felt the sharks circling and threatening. See Mel’s blog Sharks Loss and Snowflakes.

Without going into details about my week, let me just say my spirit feels a bit ragged today, but I am still in one piece. The sharks nibbled at this and that, but weren’t able to get away with huge chunks of me. They did make life rather miserable though.

I walked through the grocery store early Friday morning and bought fruit and milk and cheese and was awed by the fact that I could do something so ordinary while I felt the sharks circling and brushing up against me. Be calm, inspect the apples, pick out the best bananas, walk the length of the store, get milk and cheese. Ordinary tasks being done successfully during such an up-side-down week, amazed me.

In the middle of my muddle this week, I happened to turn the TV on and caught a re-run of Oprah. She was talking to Dana Reeve, the wife of Christopher Reeve. I am sure you know the story of this Superman star, and his accident that put him in a wheelchair. He died just a few months ago after spending 9 years as a quadriplegic.

One segment of this Oprah show included a past interview with Reeve. He said something that stopped me in my tracks that day. He said he would look at people get up out of a chair and walk across the room and he would be amazed that they didn’t realize the wonder of that simple action. He would have given anything to be able to do that.

I wasn’t able to hit the rewind or the fast forward buttons in my life this past week, but I did hit the pause button when I heard that comment from Reeve, and I took a long hard look at all the positive things in my life. Just the simple act of getting up out of a chair and walking across the room was a gift. Not only could I walk across the room, I could make myself a cup of tea, write a letter and do numerous other things that gave me independence and freedom. I was blessed indeed.

Here it is Saturday morning and wonder of wonders, I am still standing. The sharks are still circling, but life is good and will continue to be so as long as I focus on the positive and enjoy the everyday miracles all around me.

I challenge you to hit the pause button in your life today and take a long hard look at all the miracles in your everyday life. Think about it the next time you get up out of a chair and walk across the room. Your life is a gift. Enjoy!

4 comments:

Iona said...

Well, I happened to have hit that 'pause button' a few days ago...

- A friend of mine was complaining about her relationship. She and her boyfriend have been fighting a lot lately and she suspects him of cheating on her...

- Another friend had massive leakage in her house because of all the rain this last week. So she had placed pots and pans practically everywhere, trying to save herself from a certain flood...

- Then another friend's heater had broken down so she was sitting at home with her coat and scarf on this whole week! It was 10C in her living room...

- Yet another friend from work had been fired last week...

So when I finally arrived home from work this Friday, entered my warm, dry home and noticed my husband waiting for me with this cute smile on his face, I couldn't help but feel blessed that I'm loved, that I'm healthy and that I just have everything I need! :)

kathy said...

I love the way you write Cuppa. It's inspirational. and the comments you left at my blog about coffee was poetic! just as good as the poem itself! Thanks! :-)

Mel said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Great reminder of the ordinary miracle of life.

ChrisB said...

Your post touched a nerve can't elaborate but thank you.