2015 started off a little heavy, slow moving and difficult, especially for those of us who are self-employed. Since the beginning of March, business is picking up, our outlook is more optimistic and we have more energy to get things done.
Personal circumstances don't have to dictate what you are feeling. In any given moment, you can focus on possibilities instead of focusing on problems. When you focus on things that are already working in your life, you attract more things that work. When you focus on problems, you can't see solutions, then more problems tend to crop up. I'm not saying that you should put on your rose colored glasses and pretend everything is fine, denying the very issues at hand. Instead, I'm inviting you to focus on the things you already have in your life that you can be grateful for. Too many moments in life go by without us being grateful for simple things. Things like the use of your arms and legs.
In 2010 when I was confronted with the possibility of paralysis from the neck down due to cervical issues, I was suddenly aware of how much I currently had in the use of my arms and legs. Imagining a life without being able to do simple things like walk, feed myself and drive was devastating. Instead of feeling sorry for myself or getting wrapped up in the fear of losing the use of my arms and legs, I went into action to find a solution. The solution presented to me as an uninsured, self-employed person was Medical Tourism to India. Once I decided I was not willing to lose my independence, I found a Harvard trained Neurosurgeon in India performing cervical disc replacement surgery. Although having 3 discs replaced was risky and uncommon, he was certain he could save my spinal cord and mobility.
Within 2 weeks I was in Bangalore, India meeting my surgeon for the first time face to face along with his students who would witness my surgery. The teaching hospital I was admitted to was a little scary at first, being used to American hospitals, but the team was amazing. Within 24 hours of setting foot in India for the first time in my life, I was out of surgery with full mobility and spinal cord in tact.
We have choice when we are faced with change. Change of circumstances in health, job, relationship status all jolt us out of our comfort zone. Those jolts are meant to bring us to a place of growth, understanding and make us better. We can choose to be fearful, complaining about the things happening or we can embrace the change, optimistic that something better is coming. Too many times at the end of relationships, I let myself slip into grief. Looking back, I realize those relationships had to end to bring me to my divinely chosen partner, my soulmate. While we are going through things, we lose sight of what's possible, instead we focus on the loss. Since my surgery, I am so aware of the blessings in my life. I am grateful for the ability to walk, talk, drive, and help others. I'm grateful for clean water, food on my table, a job.
Instead of resisting change, I invite you to consider the changes you are going through at this moment are creating the possibility of something much greater. The change within you as you navigate your circumstances have the potential to make you happier, more loving and are assisting you in reaching your potential. We all want to improve our lives, it is through uncomfortable circumstances that we grow as humans. Embrace the changes, focus on the things you have to be grateful for and expect amazing miracles in your life. It only takes a moment for life to change.
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