A month has quickly passed since I last updated. It’s been a month of getting sick, straining my neck, slowly gaining back the weight I lost, and losing a little bit of ground. The earth shakes sometimes but so what. It holds us and grows food for us and has always been our home; it can shake if it wants to. There’s nothing I can do about it, but I can keep my composure and rejoice in all situations.
Today I was a sourpuss all day. Because of my neck, I can’t do simple things and just picking something up from the ground is painful. So the pain wears on me and makes me feel sorry for myself. I will never judge my students who have chronic pain again! We were in Sports Authority this evening when I was following Olive and we approached a big mirror. My face looked tired and old and pinched. So I smiled; my heart and face brightened. Ugh, I’m ugly when I’m self-absorbed, I said to myself. And I called out my daughter’s name with a laugh and chased her around the store, thankful once again.