Sunday, December 8, 2013

21 Lesson in Gratitude

My Life Lesson in Gratitude. Stop and appreciate the little things.

Tile floor + stocking feet + me falling backwards = fractured wrist

After a tumble Friday night I am temporarily one handed.  The wonderful doctor in the ER said it looks like a  clean break and hopefully I won't need surgery. I'll know more this week after a visit to an Orthopedic.

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So that does this have to do with gratitude? 

I have taken two hands for granted. I feel like I owe my right wrist an apology...although I am a "lefty" I only write and eat  with my left hand.  Everything else; bowl, bat, throw, open, cut...all done right handed.  Perhaps I am partly ambidextrous...regardless, things are completely different with one hand!

As I got up yesterday morning and faced the day alone (Lieutenant at the Fire-station)  I came up against many obstacles before I even left the house!
  • rotating the coffee pot lid to pour a cup of coffee
  • opening a new coffee creamer 
  • washing dishes 
  • getting dressed (try to button and zipper one handed)
  • opening mascara (using my mouth...yuck)
My friends and I exploded with laughter as I explained that I had to clasp my bra before putting it on, slip it around my splinted arm and then over my head...oh yes...the little things I take for granted.

I am not a complainer, I am the "glass half full" type...always looking for the best in every situation.

When I think of all the things I won't be able to accomplish (alone) this hectic time of year; baking, cooking, decorating, wrapping...it brings me close to hyperventilation.

But I'm reflecting...some people are born with only one limb, injured serving our great country, paralyzed after a stroke and they have to learn to live and cope with this permanent disability...I on the other "hand" will be back to "two" hands in 4-6 weeks. That has to be my focus.  I can't let this get me down.  I will have to ask for more help (something I HATE to do) and lean on my friends and family.

My youngest daughter left work to come help me yesterday, even though I told her I was fine, she wouldn't take no for an answer. Not only did I love our one on one time, she was a tremendous help doing those little things I struggled with.

So our holiday season will be different this year, No worries Martha...things are going to be very low key for me.
My focus is on
  •  how much I have to be grateful for
  • my healing body 
  • help and love from my family and friends 
  • great one handed stories I am collecting 
  • the support of my wonderful cyber community.  
I am receiving so many well wishes from Instagram and Facebook after I shared a picture of my Broken Tomahawk Chop...which thankfully didn't jinx FSU as they played for the won the ACC Championship last night.
My Life Lesson in Gratitude. Stop and appreciate the little things.

Appreciate the Good in Every Day!

As I type this post one handed...this quote sticks in my mind:
"Someone else is praying for the things you take for granted."
Thankful my situation is temporary...grateful for so many things!

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21 comments:

  1. Oh my sweet friend... I am so sorry about your wrist and I love your perspective on the whole thing. I think I would be a lot more grumpy right now so this is a great reminder to me. Prayers for quick healing and at least you didn't jinx your favorite team! ;) xoxo

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    1. Thank you my dear Claire! Adjusting and taking it slow one day at a time!
      Thanks for the well wishes! xoxo

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  2. Sharon, your experience brought back so many memories for me. I broke both bones in my left wrist a few years ago AND needed surgery. I wore an external fixator for 5 weeks, then needed physical therapy for 5 months. I have a slight disability because of it, but it usually isn't a problem. I like your upbeat attitude. You know it's only temporary and it does help you appreciate what you have with health, family, friends and the considerate nature of strangers. Be patient with yourself and let others help you!

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    1. Wow Kathy my injury sounds like a piece of cake compared to your ordeal! I will hear your advice of being "patient with myself" in my head over the next 6 weeks...that is an area I am struggling with!
      Thank you for your wonderful comment!
      xoxo

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  3. I hope your feeling better. I know how that feels. I fell 2 years ago and broke my hand (left one). I am right handed. So it was a little better for me, but trying to shower and wash your hair with one hand is quite an experience I do not want to do again. I put a plastic bag over my hand and taped it closed to shower. Doing dishes was also a trip. My daughter lives with me, but she is handicapped and not always capable of doing certain things. She did have to help with some things. So my heart goes out to you, especially at this time of year when you have a lot of extra stuff to do like decorate, bake, cook, wrap. If I lived by you, I would certainly help you. I pray you heal soon and don't need surgery. I did have to have surgery. Love to all and Happy Holidays.

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    1. Sue you are the sweetest!!! Offering to come help...how kind!
      I go back Friday for more x-rays so keep those fingers crossed for me!
      Happy Holidays to you!
      xoxo

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  4. Hoping that your arm heals quickly! May you keep the glass half full focus until this is all behind you :)) Actually, I hope your glass fills & runs over with joy in spite of it all! I visited from Motivation Monday this morning.
    ~~Joanne~~

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and motivation Joanne! I'm trying to keep positive!
      Happy Holidays!
      xoxo

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  5. This is such an inspirational post. I so appreciate your healthy perspective and your humble heart...while I'm sure it'd be easy to fall into "woe is me" mode and really throw yourself a pity party, you've really allowed this to turn you toward gratitude. I love that quote, "Someone else is praying for things you take for granted." Wise words, wise words. Sending a hug! And prayers for speedy healing.

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    1. A million thanks Lauren! Someone always has worse battles than me...and no one wants miserable company! Gotta keep smiling and remain thankful I can still get dressed for work! :)
      Cyber hugs back friend!
      xoxo

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  6. Sharon, I hope you will have a speedy and full recovery! I often wonder how I have escaped injury with my klutzy ways!!! xoxo

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    1. I took dance while growing up...not sure why I'm always getting hurt... :) Glad that you escape injury...perhaps I need to take a trip south so you can teach me how!
      xoxo

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  7. Oh I hope you don't need surgery!! I damaged the tendons and nerves in my right hand 16 years ago, and there is no surgery or fix for it. I have learned to live with it, until today when I tried to shovel snow...not a good idea! ;) I have had to learn how to be left handed, but I have no clue how you are typing one handed.....that takes talent!! Good luck :)

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    1. Very slowly...that is how I am typing one handed...with tons of mistakes!
      Sorry to hear about your injury they can't fix! The body is amazing...how it adapts for survival!
      Now stop trying to shovel snow! Don't injure yourself!
      Thanks for the positive thoughts! Go back for more x-rays Friday!
      xoxo

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  8. Oh my dear Sharon, Glad you don't have to have surgery. My Sammie did it last year, broken wrist skateboard hit a rock & threw her then surgery. Glad you have family to help you!! & a lovely dog to be by your side! Yes, sometimes it's the things that happen that make you appreciate things even more. ((hugs)) my glass half full blog friend! Catch up on reading books, reading blogs movies & accept the help coming your way!! Don't worry about any checklists! Happy Holidays! xo Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. You are so sweet Theresa! Hope Sammie has healed nicely and is back to skateboarding!
      I always tell myself things could be worse...and thankful they aren't.
      No checklists this year....except for my poor friends and family!
      Happy Holidays to you and yours!
      xoxo

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  9. Sharon I just read your post and had to comment on how impressed I am by your positive attitude of gratitude. It would be so easy, especially during this busy time of year, to mumble and grumble. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    P.S. I like how you've displayed the link parties you participate in. Would you be willing to share how you did it?

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    1. Can't allow a transformation to a scrooge! Gotta stay positive!
      I appreciate your kind words!

      Of course I'll share! I used inlinkz. I made a collection using in smallest icon and just copy the code at the bottom of each post.
      Are you familiar with that site? Check it out and if you need more clarification email me.
      xoxo

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  10. Hang in there!!! Get well soon. All you need to do is bedazzle that cast and you will be the coolest one hander on the block!!

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  11. What a good way to think about life! GO NOLES!!! :D

    And of course, I'll be pinning and tweeting this one!

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  12. I am so sorry to hear about your wrist! I totally agree and have been guilty of this one! Great reminder!! Thanks for linkin up to Sunday FUNday!

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