Ponderings from the Floor by Karen Y. Hamilton, January 6, 2018
I am having a very bad bout of sciatica. I spend much of my time these days flat on the floor.
Thought #1 upon waking at 4 a.m.: Always believe the doctor who made you feel so much better when he says, “The pain is going to get worse before it gets better. You are in for a rough weekend.” As usual, I was not listening to him because, well, because I felt 75% better after he adjusted my back. Should have listened. It is going to be a floor day today. But I hold on to the rest of his words, “But it IS going to get better.”
Thought #2: This will teach you to stop being so hard headed about asking people for help. Hard one for me. My motto is to put your feet on the floor and get moving. Don’t need help. I can do it all by myself. Watch out. Because God has a way of humbling you when you get all prideful and arrogant. It is not at all pleasant to put my feet on the floor. Or get moving.
Thought #3: Where did that spider under the TV come from? I used up a good ten minutes just watching that little fellow spin a web. Fascinating really. Amazing what it takes to get us to slow down and notice the little things in the world. We’ll come back to him later. I suppose I should give him a name since we are going to be neighbors for a while. Something to ponder…
Thought #4: Coffee is the elixir of the gods. Making a cup of coffee in my current situation is a massive undertaking. Every step to the coffeepot a major achievement. But oh that first sip of coffee is better than the drugs. Almost.
Thought #5: Why do I have so many dog beds? Next to my little spot on the living room floor are four dog beds. I only have two dogs.
Thought #6: It is so nice when the muscle relaxer kicks in. Kinda gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. When do I get another one? Can’t remember. And the paper I wrote that very important information is way over there on the dining room table. Might as well be in Alaska.
Thought #7: Thank God for meditation. All things are connected, moving us forward from one adventure to another. If I had not learned meditation last year, I would be in big trouble right now. Breathe in. Breathe out. Powerful stuff. You should try it.
Thought #8: I have really long legs. I think about this as I try to put on my pants. I am cursing the cold while I do this because it would be so much easier to skip the whole pants thing. Onward. We do what we must do. Put on your pants, Hamilton.
Thought #9: Got nothing. Just gonna go observe the spider for awhile.