Yesterday I wrote about inspiration, but lately, to be honest, I’m not inspired by much. Instead, it’s more like I’m just capturing things I read and sticking them in my back pocket for a (hopefully soon) day when I’ll feel inspired.
Today, though, and for the past few months since I fell from a stair – yes, just a stair – and tore ligaments in my left ankle, my life has been off balance, literally. Apparently I tore those ligaments to nothingness since it’s been almost 4 months and the thing still swells daily and won’t bend enough to jog or do squats.
And so I’ve been discouraged lately. Not because of the squats and jogging – I am happy to have an excuse to not do those – but just a general discouragement of wanting to do things. Things like kayak, jump on the trampoline with the kids, go on a shopping marathon, and even just enjoy one full day of no pain. You know, things. My exuberancy, if I ever did possess that, is affected and I’m a bit down.
Even though I don’t like limping around I know that life can deliver harder knocks.
So, with a past-hard-knocks perspective that reminds me I really do have it good, I’m focusing on keeping life simple enough to heal while enjoying a few things that help me when I get a bit down. Today, one of those things was a cuddle on the living room floor with our two littlest ones and A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepherd, or, rather, with their cuddly characters, Pooh, Christopher Robin, and Piglet. Oh, and Eeyore visited with us, too. His grumpiness when life is really just fine tickles me. I got an even ticklier tickle watching our little guy giggle when I read,
“Hallo, Eeyore, how are you?” asked Christopher Robin.
“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
It’s true, now that Eeyore reminds me of it, we haven’t had an earthquake lately, either. There is that to be thankful for, and so much more, including – definitely including – the pot of tea and two English Toffee chocolates at my side as I write.