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A Little Better Every Day

It’s amazing how much we can take for granted. Having been down a wrist and an ankle for seven weeks, I was excited when, tonight, I held something in my good hand and turned the light off with the broken one. I hadn’t even thought about it until after it was done; I just did it.

The human body is capable of unconsciously adapting to circumstances. While I was busy thinking about other things, my bones have been going about their business of knitting together and healing. Muscle memory has started to do things instinctively, even as the bones sometimes protest they aren’t ready. Tasks I couldn’t have considered doing a week ago, I am now able to do. I am grateful that it gets a little better, every day.

We have all been challenged by COVID and not being able to do many of the everyday things without thought, such as a quick run to the store or dining out with friends. These are occurrences that many of us had the privilege of taking for granted. The popular saying, “You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” has been on my mind lately. What my injury has brought to light is that even without a pandemic, many are not able to perform effortless tasks or enjoy simple pleasures due to either health or financial challenges or a myriad of reasons.

One of the things I’ve missed while rebuilding bones is being able to go for walks. Our “Mindful Walking” article, on page 24, teaches us that even a meditative walk with cars whizzing by can help calm our spirits. In it, spiritual teacher, Carolyn Sinclair, in Houston, shares that “walking meditation allows us to be in the world, but not attached to the chaos and drama.” With chaos and drama at an all-time high right now, any opportunity to detach from it gets an enthusiastic welcome from me.

August in Rhode Island offers many opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature. Instead of focusing on all the things we can’t do, lets look at all we can and appreciate the little things.