Years ago, I struggled with a degenerative disk in my lower back. We had just finished building our new home and were in the process of unpacking boxes and putting things away.
Walking around was painful and sitting was never my forte. But now surrounded by work I was anxious to do, I was frustrated. What could I do while I waited for my surgery date?
“I know what I can’t do but what can I do?
I didn’t just want to sit there doing nothing and I wasn’t able to unpack boxes and put things away.
Then it occurred to me. I had a couple of boxes of prestigious cooking magazines I had wanted to go through and remove articles and recipes I wanted to keep but never had the time. Now I had the time. In fact, this was “the” perfect time. It not only kept my mind occupied with something useful and productive but completed a chore I had wanted to do but may never have gotten around to. I still have those selected articles and recipes and continue to use them.
Learning from our past
As I recover from a fall that wrenched my back last week, I thought of that earlier time. How could I use this time productively while giving my back time to rest and recover? I realized this was a perfect opportunity to look through the articles and blogs on writing I had saved to review. I could think about how it applies to me and my writing.