Posted by: sistermom1 | April 29, 2013

Happiness along the Detour

“Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.”
– Robert R. Updegraff, business advisor.

Just got back from our annual Couples Retreat. It was such a positive experience — spending time with my spouse and some of our closest friends. The kids staying at home with our mothers. In the past, I have shared how this event has left me feeling weird and definitely different — like I am really having a different experience than everyone else. This year, that has not been the case. I was able to approach this year’s event with a very different mindset. Having just completed The Gift of Imperfection for the second time, I began the weekend feeling very centered and content in my own skin, not comparing my journey to anyone else’s. My husband enjoyed golfing with his buddies, the sisterhood was inspiring and comforting, the food was fabulous, and the location was amazing! Tremendous job “S”! Thanks for keeping me in the loop!

I think it can be hard being friends with someone in the midst of a detour like this one. I swing between being very needy of love and support one minute to valuing my independence to the point that I resent getting any help the next. So much of my experience has led me to spend much more of my time reading, thinking and researching about the journey. Along with strong prayer, I have been encountering many ideas/concepts that are new to me, and they have brought me much to consider. I am learning much about life — things that I had never spent much time considering until I began this detour…

I feel like I am making some progress — this past month has been a very busy one — the annual Women on the Move Luncheon was a success, I completed in-home PT, went on the retreat, and we even just purchased a standing frame to get me on my feet again. My foot that has been swollen for months is back to normal. Outpatient P/T starts in a week. (Yay — back on the machines!) I am remembering to appreciate the little things along the way — and to enjoy the great things that we are fortunate to participate in like the Couples Retreat!

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