Monday, September 1, 2008

Sacred Life Sunday: Keeping My Balance

I hardly know lately if it's Sacred Life Sunday or Be Brave---they are both the same here and seem to whirl by each week. Each day is sacred and special. Each day seems to require extraordinary bravery.

Tonight I was going for a walk along my driveway (the one you all know so well) but it was pitch black in the forest. (Pretty dumb, I know.) I had procrastinated with my walking, but ended up going anyway, because I'm so determined to get my steps in every day. So I turned my ankle and fell and landed in the brush off to the side. I laid there for a while wondering what to do, if I was injured, and if I could get up. Wondering how long it would be, if I just stayed there, until someone noticed. Things like that. And just laid there.

After a while, I felt okay, safe...like all would be well. And then I got up and came in.

So here I am. Okay, for the most part. Realizing that life is like this. We have to keep going on. Get up. Walk on. How watchful we have to be to keep our balance. How easily we can be injured. How sometimes we are protected. How sometimes we are okay when there is no good reason why we should be.

Nothing profound today. Just grateful to be okay, to be able to get up, to be able to keep walking.

14 comments:

Carla said...

Glad you're OK. Hugs...

thailandchani said...

Good metaphor! Glad you are okay now though. I can easily imagine where you might feel rather lost along that long driveway!


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Tami said...

I hope nothing is sprained and you will make that walk tomorrow :)

Olivia said...

Thank you Carla, Hugs right back to you :) xxoo, O

Kikipotamus said...

Olivia, I'm really glad you weren't seriously injured. Now NO MORE WALKS IN THE DARK. Do you hear me, young lady? You have to take good care of you.

Olivia said...

Thanks, Chani! You better believe it. Today I was S-O-R-E...Love, O

Olivia said...

Thank you Tami and welcome to the happyluau :) Blessings, Olivia

Olivia said...

Kelly,

Yes ma'am, I got it :) Peace and rest and joy, O

Rick Hamrick said...

O--It seems to be a theme as we get older that it gets easier and easier to fall down.

I recall a few years ago when I was taking my mom to a very early (pre-dawn) appointment at the hospital. As we came out my front door, she missed the step off the front porch onto the sidewalk and tumbled into the garden bed right there.

Fortunately, no hard done. A lesson learned, though! Be fully present when mobile (and when walking with your mom in the dark, hold her arm!). That's not to say being fully present isn't always a good idea--it's just even more vital when you are moving relative to the rest of the planet.

I'm very happy you are only sore, and nothing more!

Leah said...

i'm so glad you're o.k., olivia! i was just talking about you yesterday as we made our reservations for the luau at old lahaina!

Jane said...

O,

I was just in New Hampshire this past week on vacation. Every night, Breen and I would take a long walk around the lake late at night. Some parts were absolutely pitch black. Breen loves this. I was a nervous wreck. What if I trip on a rock? What if a wild animal jumps out? Finally, I allowed myself to breathe deeply and realized that walking in the dark is like taking a trust walk with the Universe.

I hope your foot is OK!

Olivia said...

Rick, You are so right! Another facet of growing older. I rarely fall...never expected it...but had I not been fiddling with my iPod I may have caught myself. I'm glad your mother was okay too :) xxoo, O

Olivia said...

Leah, I'm so excited about your honeymoon coming up---I'd forgotten about it. You will have a great time at the Old Lahaina Luau. And everything else we talked about! Can't wait to hear about it. You'll be a relaxed and happy person when you return, I'm betting. Aloha, O

Olivia said...

Thanks, Jane. Rick is so right about being totally present while walking in the dark. Ideally all the time as we age, but especially, especially at times that could be dangerous. xxoo, O