You’ve heard that old saying “when it rains it pours”? Well, that seems to be my life lately. Just when I think I’m coming up for air, boom…I get hit with something new. Sometimes those punches are MS related, other times they are just life being life.
Yesterday, I left the house for an appointment and when I put the key in the ignition to start my van, I discovered the battery was dead. Now, that’s not a catastrophe in and of itself, but it sure put a kink in my schedule. It took longer than expected, but I was able to get the van jumped off by a gracious neighbor, went to my appointment then headed over to the automotive store to have the battery tested. All seems okay with both the battery and the alternator so thankfully no added cost, just one of those “uh-oh, oh-well” moments we all have that take unplanned time out of our day.
The day before that I was dumping wet coffee grounds out of the coffee machine and managed to spill them all over the floor instead. I just stood there looking at the horrendous mess I made and thought how nice it would be to walk away and pretend that didn’t just happen. Then later in the day I slipped while transferring from my wheelchair to the couch because I wasn’t paying enough attention to my ever so calculated move, I dropped the shampoo while taking a shower causing the bottle’s pump mechanism to break, and I missed two important phone calls because I accidentally had my phone on silent.
Sometimes all the unexpected things start piling on top of each other and something as little as the front door slamming can send your emotions into hyper drive. You find yourself on the brink of simply throwing your hands up in the air and screaming “I quit.”
Wouldn’t that be nice? To magically make all your problems go away with a simple “I quit.” To have the ability to transport yourself with a wink and a nod to the beach so you could sip piña colada’s in the cool of the day without any worries, interruptions, mistakes or pressures. I tried closing my eyes and imagining myself out on the beach yesterday, but all I was able to manage was me drinking a lemonade in the garage.
When you feel you’re about to break…take a break, even if that means taking an adventuresome vacation to the garage, the bathroom, or the closet. Step away from all that’s happening and give yourself time to stop thinking so you can just breathe. The world isn’t going to fall apart when you take a time out and neither will you. You will be amazed at how much stronger you become in the process. Those little pauses can be life transforming.
Pause and rest today.