Turn your Problems into Blessings and Opportunites!

Hullo again,

As I'm writing this, it's about three weeks since we buried my mum.

I'd just devoted the last nine months of my life to be with and take care of my mum, who lives in Sydney.

This involved living away from my wife and my son and my mother in law for eight months.

It was a big deal. For everyone concerned.

Anyhow, after we buried her it has been like being on a bender.

It's been hard to hold the space to listen to anyone without suddenly crying and feeling just terrible.

But time heals all wounds and last week I started pounding the pavement to get some work in the door.

After a week of trying to hold it together, meeting and talking with people, feeling like I've been living in a cave for the last five years, hairy and a bit smelly, I started to feel better.

In fact, I started to even get playful.

We just got my son a new bike and Rose and I took him out on the streets and parks for a ride. At a pedestrian crossing, waiting for the lights to change, I got on the bike and started doing some tricks and swerves - showing off to Rose.

I pushed it a bit far and fell off, thinking "I don't remember the concrete being this hard..." Rose said I hit the ground hard and then got up straight away. I knew that was because I was soooo embarrassed.

Later that night, I felt it. Deep pain in my lower back - pain that I couldn't get away from, a sleepless night of trying to find relief.

Showing off is a mugs game at the best of times, but anyone over 40 really feels the consequences of a crash much more than what a youth easily shrugs off.

The pain stayed with me until today.

Funny thing was that with my pain grounding me, I got to face and put to rest lots of my fears about my feelings popping out all over the place, I started to email people I've been out of contact with, I started communicating better with Rosie and I made some phone calls I've been putting off.

It ended up being a good thing for me.

The lesson?

"Mostly problems are opportunities and blessings in disguise."

I'll leave it up to you to keep looking for the opportunities and blessings when things go pear shaped for you!

This is only the beginning. Get to know clarity. Email me, Mike Kennedy...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Damn, don't you hate that when you can't just bounce back after a hard knock? Being knocked off a bike, not quite as bad as other types of knocks though, is it?