I bet it's been over a year since I wrote an article for you. I know this because my new right knee has just had its first birthday and my new left knee has just passed the six-month stage. So now you know what I have been doing all year -- recovering ...
Yes, I finally got to dedicate a whole year to myself, which was itself an awesome experience. I was finally in a position where I could choose to do something about the constant pain or struggle on. No contest ... no more struggle.
I went into this with my eyes wide open as I am surrounded by a husband, relatives and friends who have all been through the same process, so I knew it was not a walk in the park. The post-surgery physical therapy was especially tough. But I made it through and it is so worth it.
The very afternoon of the surgery when they had me up and out of bed, I knew. Oh it hurt, but I could tell it was a different hurt. This was an outside, it will mend hurt, rather than the deep, inside bone-on-bone hurt that just got worse and worse.
Thank you, God, and thanks also to the surgeon and husband who cared for me.
Knee surgery is one of those delayed gratification events. The ability to endure something unpleasant or difficult because of a long-term payoff. Education is another, although that can be fun, but the paying for it may not be.
Saving is another idea that seems to be an almost forgotten activity. I got hooked on savings in the late '80s and '90s when I was earning more than I could spend. (Well, I could have spent it, but I didn't have the time!) I discovered the pleasure of my money mounting up -- and then they gave you more without doing anything!
Interest -- another almost forgotten activity.
So what about our spiritual health, education and investment? How much are we prepared to put into that account with no knowing when we will benefit from such activity? How many of us would dedicate a year to their spiritual recovery without being in a crisis first? How many of us even invest daily to be sure that inner peace and guidance are there when we need it?
I invite you to think about that this week.
Love, peace and blessings.
The author is a licensed unity teacher at Unity Merced.