Like many Americans I was brought up with a strong sense of the need to do something. And not just anything but something that would be life changing or even world changing. So I tend to lose the importance of being and get caught up in doing.
In January however I was forced into a “time out” after a fall which resulted in an arm/shoulder injury. The first two weeks I’m not sure I was on the planet. Between the pain and not being able to sleep I was in a fog to say the least. At first I was caught up in wondering how things were going to get done, but then realized that Bob and I would just do what we could. We didn’t starve, nor were we buried under a pile of dirty laundry. Once I was able to let go of the need to do I was able to rest, just be injured for awhile and let my body heal.
It is important to remember that we are called to be. Doing comes out of that, but sometimes we go overboard and life becomes all about doing — non-stop. When the need to do gets out of control the universe will try to warn us. If we do not heed the warnings we may be headed for a fall — in my case quite literally.
Of course the physical injury was painful. So were some of the realities about life and people that were brought to my attention. But learning that people may not always show up in the way i want or expect brought me closer to God.
I am grateful for the time to just be and lessons learned. Let’s just hope that if I get caught up in doing again I will heed the message to slow down before I take a big fall.