I injured my ankle yesterday. Gosh Chiara – seriously? Freak accident, really. Clumsy and on-the-go me, just going about and kaboom. Not being careful…not enough of taking the time. Going down the stairs is pretty basic right?
I land on my ankle and the weight of my world came crashing on lil’ ol ankly all in that split second of a moment. I screamed. I was finally forced to remain still. The adrenaline of the pain caused the sweats. The one day I took off from work was the day I planned to check a lot of things off my todo list – it indeed ended up becoming a day to embrace the pain.
All is well, so no worries. I offer up the pain for those that bear more. It could have been worst – much worst, so with that, I am thankful for this ankle injury.
Sitting in my bed as I ice down my ankle I sort of felt God took my to-do list and threw it in the trash. Not to make it sound like a cruel thing cause it’s not. I needed to be stopped in my tracks eventually – to completely disown my plan and honor His. The doctor said 3-4 days of rest and a week with crutches – time to be still. I’ve been going at it these days trying to do so much. To fill my life with fruitful things.
Be still. I hear. Be still.
And with that, I am reminded to go back to the basics…
Going back to the basics has a lot of more meaning these past few days. Simplicity, not in a hurry…appreciation. When there’s a world without television or computers, we sometimes neglect simple, basic things. Here are mine…some that have been on my mind lately.
Write: We are texting, voicing, scrolling, zooming…all the automatics come with just a touch of a finger. I’ve been getting back to writing in my journal daily most especially these last couple of days, reading my devotional or just doodling (lettering – duh!). Even at work, instead of opting for an iPad to take notes, I bring my notebook. There is something about writing that is so intentional. Your thoughts from your mind trickle down into your hand and just like that…words have made it onto paper. When you have an idea, inkling thoughts dancing about, a dream you can’t seem to recall all the details — it’s best to jot it down. You may remember more. You may be inspired more. Try going back to basic pen to paper. Keep a notebook in your pocket or purse.
Flowers: “I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet. I totally agree Monet. Right before I fell down the stairs, I bought a bunch of flowers. They were still in the sink awaiting to be placed in mason jars. Well, oops. They maybe dying now, oh well. Word on the street that Trader Joe’s has $6.99 peonies. I snatched some up last week to bring some life to my home. I love flowers (I can’t seem to keep a plant alive so yes, flowers it is.) Flowers symbolize so much – life, beauty, friendship, purity…the list goes on. I mean seriously, every type of flower has a meaning of it’s own – even down to the color. So whenever you are having a bad day, can’t think of a simple gift for a friend in need – flowers never disappoint. Buy yourself some flowers. You won’t regret it.
Prayer/Meditate: Oh yes. It was the first thing I did when I hit the floor and fell. Lots of cuss words but it was a pleading prayer of help. lol. It’s not only a basic necessity but it can really change the course of your day especially when done first thing in the morning. Instead of reaching over to check your phone first thing in the morning, pause and start with prayer. Prayer can bring about change, transformation and brings together a sense of unity. Allow yourself time to do some breathing exercises. Close your eyes. Get out to nature. Get on your knees (my niece and nephew above). Speak it out (or journal your prayer). Prayer has been proven through research, the witness of others, and to just good ol’ faith. Prayer can be simple with just a few words or to listening to music. I’ll listen to a song and close my eyes, taking in the lyrics. Like the new Lecrae and Tori Kelly song – “I’ll Find You”. I figured I’d plug this one in – this song is just too good and it resonates with me right now.
“I’m hanging on by a thread
And all I’m clinging to is prayers
And every breath is like a battle
I feel like I ain’t come prepared.”
I love you: These words are so basic in forming deeper relationships. It’s enough to break down the hardest of hearts and has the power to inspire change and forgiveness. Say it to your mom, your dad, your siblings, your boyfriend, husband, best friend…and so on. If words aren’t for you, showing you love someone is also another way.
Creativity: Since I’ve been in bed the past couple of days, I’ve started back into writing more. So with that…get out there and create something. A business plan, a drawing, a song. When you are somewhat ‘lacking’, you can still challenge yourself in little ways. Instead of sitting in front of the TV or browsing social media for hours, create something from start to finish. See what you can create when you are limited. Paint, write a poem, do calligraphy/lettering (duh!), make a card, make a succulent garden, do magic tricks…the list goes on.
As basic as that, those are my 5 things I’ve been thinking a lot on these days. When you are somewhat ‘limited’, you can still make a difference. Retreat from the distractions and go back to your basics – basics that can help you simplify, retreat and to be still.
You’ll be happy that you did.
In the light,