I am suffering from a bad back, and have been literally handicapped in carrying on with my ordinary life. I can’t lift anything, walk properly, stand up and sit down easily, and it has really made me realise how many good things we take for granted in our lives.
There are many simple everyday things that we don’t even think about, like being able to get a drink when we want one, being able to nip to the shops when we run out of something, having friends we can contact by phone. Can you imagine your life without these abilities?
And in attempting to stay independent, I have probably made my problem worse, when in fact there were lots of people willing to help, if only I had asked earlier.
I have been reminded that there are more important things than those we often wish we had, or those which we feel driven to achieve. And I have been reminded that people will help if they can, and we don’t have to try and manage on our own. And I thought I would pass the reminders on!
So during today, just notice:
- All the things you can do for yourself and be independent in
- All the things you have available to you that a refugee in a camp would be delighted by
- All the people who are friendly towards you and willing to help, should you need it
And notice what frustrates you, what irritates you and what is driving you. Are they really so important?
Life isn’t usually an emergency, and when we appreciate what we do have, maybe the rest of it will stay more in perspective!