Having ability to think and reason
Knowledge all bills are paid
Having ability to navigate independently and without pain
Knowledge family is healthy, safe and secure
In a nutshell happiness is health, wealth and life.
As I resume my normal patterns of life[hip replacement surgery on 4/8/15], the above thoughts are coursing through my mind. I am grateful and thankful that I am alive. The Lord has allowed me another day. He continues to give me the power to think, reason and make decisions. I am pain free and when twinges occur I can immediately control the situation. I am able to navigate my home and take care of my personal and household needs. In the very near future I will be released to resume my normal lifestyle. I have the wit to recognize that these are blessings from the Lord and are not my due. I have lived 78 years, experiencing no major health challenges until the recent problem with arthritis of the hip. I was released from the hospital two days after surgery with out any major injunctions regarding behavior. Although I live alone and do not have family nearby someone has been available to do any of the tasks I am not allowed to complete. WOW!!!
I tend to be reluctant to ask for help, not wanting to impose on others. Friends and strangers have stepped in to help me in my time of need. My therapists (OT and PT) have provided assistance that I am certain is outside of their job description. One visited the grocery store,bought milk and a couple of items; also picked up my mail from down the street; put my garbage can on the curb; put laundry in the washer, etc. These ladies were strangers. A friend called to check on me then came over and did my laundry. Another friend came over and filled a prescription for me.
My life has been in a holding pattern during these three weeks since surgery. Reflecting back on the goodness of others reinforces for me my desire to share and pay forward the kindnesses that I have been receiving. It would be very easy to focus on what is ‘missing’ from my life. However, I choose to focus on what ‘is’. I am so grateful for those who share their love and kindness with me and am motivated to take a more active role in spreading joy and kindness to others.
I will integrate Og Mandino’s thought “Never will I labor to be happy; rather will I remain too busy to be sad. I will enjoy today’s happiness today.”[scroll VII]