|Female Strength Mural at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
I have always been a "Let's look at the bright side" kind of person. During difficult situations sometimes you really must search for something positive. Positives can be hard to find and maybe they will not be revealed until a (much) later date. I do believe; however, God can use anything for His good, eventually. God also can provide comfort and grace during a trial to help you get through it. If you welcome Him in, He is with you even if He is silent.
Since I have
broken my ankle, it has changed just about everything I do to get around, to do
household tasks, forget about running or playing soccer. In the event I have
somewhere to go dressed up, nope, no heels either. I love my heels- the higher
the better. But COVID-19 canceled my "heel events" anyway.
a lot different and stairs, do not get me started on stairs. I feared getting
more hurt by going up or down stairs. I stayed in an extra bedroom on our main
level and did not go up the stairs for 2 weeks. I slept on an air mattress and
used the couch behind it for working.
You know when you own a business certain things still need to get
done. Employees would be pretty upset if
I had not run payroll that week.
I could go on and on about all the things I could not do or how hard it was for me and my
amazing husband and son who picked up all the slack. But, I want to focus on
the bright sides of this situation. This
whole time I have been looking for how God will use my broken ankle and the
aftermath to reveal things to me and teach me some life lessons. This has happened for a reason, and I was
determined to figure out what the reasons were.
This is part of my story now.
|Flowers from two friends
Love. The biggest bright side of this whole experience has been L O V E. Actually F E E L I N G how loved I am. I have been abundantly blessed by the outpouring of support in so many ways from my family, friends, friends of friends, neighbors and even acquaintances. This is my biggest bright side. To have such amazing people in my life during such a hard time has been overwhelming, in the best way. Our family has an unforgettable gratitude to all of you for your kindness. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
I have a much
bigger appreciation and gratitude for my health, fitness, and mobility. I
developed a bigger compassion to those individuals that have mobility
restrictions. It is hard to explain, but
there are a lot of emotions you have when you are struggling physically. You feel like you are missing out because you
cannot participate in certain things.
You can feel
the eyes watching you wondering what happened to you or the story behind your
situation. That is the most common question I get. The little kids seem to be the most outspoken
about their curiosities. Then their parents seem sorry or embarrassed that
their kids ask questions or want to touch the medical boot. I did not mind them
though, they mean well.
Then I felt
almost guilty and an inconvenience for asking for help doing something that
would have been easy for me before. I tried to ask in a really nice humble way
and then be patient that it may not get done right then. I did not want to not
come off as bossy or ungrateful. I tried
to use a lot of pleases and thank yous. That was a feeling I put on myself; Kyle
and James are wonderful!
We feel very
blessed with the things we have but they are not important, because they are
just things. It made me evaluate and
reflect on what is important in life.
What IS important are the people you surround yourself with and the
relationships you have in your life. My relationship with God. That is one thing I can never do without in