To hear the audio version of this blog, click here. I’ve got a hamstring injury and I’m not happy about it. It makes me a bit pissy.
Maybe angry is a better word.
Actually, I’m just frustrated and sad.
I’m an active person who doesn’t really like to, want to slow down or change anything because of a painful hamstring injury. But this isn’t going to go away anytime soon without some healthy, thoughtful attention from me.
In my previous career as a Physical Therapist, patients would tell me, “my such and such body part hurts, I think I might have a problem”. I would gently remind them that pain was not a sign that said they might have a problem; it meant they already did have a problem.
Therefore, I have a problem.
I don’t want to rest it, ice it, stretch it, possibly seek outside help, and discontinue some of the things I enjoy. Do you hear my pissyness?
But I have a choice here.
Continue to irritate it with my normal activity or change what I’m doing so it can heal.
Hmmmmmm…. I sense a teacher nearby.
When my coaching clients find something happening in their life they don’t like, I often ask, what can you learn from this?
In my case, my mind immediately jumps to the basic fact that the body is an amazing machine that can heal itself, in its own way, and own perfect time. Not my mental perfect time.
And I always have a choice in how I react to what’s happening. I can be pissy about it. But at who? Me, the universe, the ice flow I tried to go over but caught my ski injuring my hamstring? It just happened.
Here’s the interesting thing. I’ve had a chronic tight hamstring for quite a while. It’s been bothering me for some time. I’ve done a few things to manage it, but nothing to really get to the bottom of it and fully take care of it. Until now.
Maybe the universe is teaching me that if I want to continue to ask my body to do what it has been doing for me for so long, I must take care of it and give it real, loving, healthy, respectful attention.
My body wants to work for me. It does. It also wants to thrive and feel good. So does yours. I can help it with that. But I must pay attention to what it is telling me.
And I ask you. Where in your life do you need to give some healthy, respectful attention? Where do you need to rest? Heal? Or need help?
Your life will give you clues as to what’s working and what isn’t.
They can be screaming clues or subtle. Are you listening, paying attention?
My hamstring is talking loud and clear. I’m listening, letting it teach me, AND acting on it. With kindness and respect.
My hamstring is healing and feeling better. So am I.
Your Turn: Is something in your life speaking to you? Are you listening? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.
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