Mar 14, 2016 by Janet Zinn, in Acceptance , acts of kindness , Body Acceptance , Change , criticism , Emotions , Flaws , Generosity , gifts , gratitude , grounded-spirituality , Groundedness , Happiness , illness , Impatience , Inner Peace , kindness , mindfulness , personal growth , Positive Body Image , relationships , rest , Self Care , self realization , self-acceptance , Self-esteem , spirituality , Stress Reduction , taking a break , thoughtfulness , Uncategorized
Picture courtesy of MedicineNetFor the past few days I’ve spent most of my time in bed with a hot water bottle. I had a lower back spasm that seemingly came out of nowhere. The first two days were difficult to get up and down. On second thought, difficult is an understatement. But with the pain came some important lessons I apparently needed to learn.
Image via web searchThe first was how kind and generous my family and friends were. I am usually a do-it-myself kind of person, sometimes to a fault. I am strongly independent. But there are moments I can become resentful when others don’t pitch in. It’s in these moments that I realize that I could use some help. But when I feel aggrieved my requests sound more like criticisms than inquiries.
Since my mobility was impaired, I had to ask for anything I wanted. What happened felt like a flood of love and care. Emma, my daughter, and Larry, my husband, were very helpful. Emma didn’t give me her usual teen attitude, and Larry went out of his way to make sure I had what I needed. Friends offered to help., which meant the world to me.