Time Stood Still

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
~ Jean de La Bruyère

When I first learned of the seriousness of my injury back in March, I refused to accept that it required surgery. There is no time for this! I have so much to do! My business can’t run itself! I won’t know the outcome until I wake from anesthesia. No. Way.

With my determination in place, I managed hours of physical therapy, numerous doc appointments, a 3-week trip across portions of Spain, walking 200 miles, accomplishing important milestones in my work, and, finally, receiving a second opinion about my injury. It was time for surgery. That was five weeks ago. And the outcome meant 6-8 weeks on crutches, non-weight bearing movement. No driving. The End.

As I enter week six, largely running my company from my bed, I am witnessing some outcomes I never expected – new opportunities, an increase in income, scheduled speaking engagements, the power of online shopping, and the creativity that can emerge from stillness. Being faced with what I initially saw as an enormous obstacle on my path has ultimately produced gifts too numerous to mention.

Believe me, this time of healing has crawled along at a snail’s pace. It has been painful. I have felt angry and stir-crazy and trapped. While I’m not recommending surgery as a way to slow down, I might offer my outcomes as evidence that there’s something powerful about taking time to actually do it. Making the best use of your time might very well happen as a result of slowing it down.

Make it a strong day!