With our daughter getting marriedAnd … (you’re getting a cold)
You’re upset, you’re worn down
Stay inside, go lie down
Well the “go lie down” part was at least good advice! But then, thankfully, I became aware of how my thoughts and emotions were running away with their own agenda. It was time for me to take a few deep breaths and let myself feel what was really happening. It was time for me to determine the agenda.
“Oh, Yes” it was happening. My body knew the signs. But since I’ve become more present to what is, I see how easy it is for me to catastrophize; how easy it is for me to make any situation much, much worse.
Just being there with this “cold” I realized that is was not that bad. I knew how to address my symptoms and reduce the chances of spreading it to others. With that awareness, I was able to just accept what was already here and gently begin to look after myself. What a relief!
Suddenly, things looked brighter, and I felt comforted. Recollections of how, in the past, this simple acceptance has seemingly shortened and reduced the severity of any illness came to mind. I don’t think this is an accident, or that I am fooling myself. I truly believe that simple acceptance actually helps my body heal. The energy I formerly used to resist, deny and imagine disastrous outcomes, is now available to my immune system who really does know what to do when I let it.
So today, although I’m not cured, I am feeling pretty good. The symptoms are still there, and I will, with some regret, forgo the hugs and kisses. But I am really feeling pretty well and I know I will enjoy this very special weekend.