That word to me usually means recovering from a race, a super hard work-out, a crazy yoga workshop.
Not from injury.
According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions of recovery is “restoration or return to health from sickness.”
Well, I am not sick. But I’m definitely in need of a return to health.
Words weren’t made with car accidents in mind.
For all of our technology, it is crazy to realize the impact our technology can have on us. I’m very thankful to be okay. (See “Gratitude” for more information.) But the road to recovery is not an easy one. It’s not fun. In fact, it is DOWN-RIGHT HARD.
Yesterday, I was able to do my first bit of real walking without terrible pain. It was slow. And by slow, I mean SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. For a runner, it’s hard to move slowly. But I’m learning.
Sometimes, the only way to get where you want to go is to slow down. And my recovery is a big smack to the head (literally) to remind me of the importance of slowing down.
In my Georgia home they like to say “hurry up and wait.”
Well, I am learning the power of patience. Of waiting. Of going slowly.
And it’s not easy.
But I’m learning a lot of cool stuff as a result.
Example? Looking around. I am really looking around and seeing. On my trip to the doctor’s yesterday morning, I saw a beautiful rainbow:
Then last night, on my short walk, I got to see a beautiful mother ducky and her ducklings!
If I was hurrying, maybe I would have noticed these things. But going slowly, I was able to REALLY observe them, to find joy with them, to take them in. And ducklings are just the cutest little things!
And then, when I got home, I was FINALLY able to take part in the #inversionaday challenge again. Legs up the wall in butterfly pose! It felt amazing to get a hip stretch and inversion in–without having any terrible pain in my back or neck. I couldn’t hold the pose for long, but the fact that I was doing it was absolutely fabulous!!