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Okay, perhaps that’s an overstated title, but that’s how I felt today!
I recently went in for a routine physical and much to my horror I received a call from my Dr’s Assistant this morning requesting that I come in to speak to the Dr about my results. Suddenly I’m in a panic. I react with a drill of questions… why? What for? Can’t you tell me now? I need to speak to the DR IMMEDIALTY. She doesn’t call me back. It must be serious.
My appointment was scheduled for 3:00PM that afternoon, and I can assure you, waiting to hear the news of my soon fatal demise was a HUGE test of my patience. But rather than completely loosing my mind, this is how I spent the longest 6 hour wait of my life.
I reviewed my goals for 2008. My BIG dreams. I looked at them through the eyes of a dying woman (okay, I’m a little dramatic, but humor me) to see which ones I would definitely have to tackle before I died. This was a huge practice in clarity. Now I know what’s of greatest value to me.
I mentally brought together my support team. Who would I lean on and trust for support during my time of need? This really reminded me how valuable certain relationships are in my life and how I must continue to cherish them.
I took long deep breaths. Once seated in the examining room, the wait for the Dr to come in was the hardest part. I breathed deeply and reminded myself to separate myself from the stressor. I asked myself if I were truly happy in that moment and ya know…I was. (NOTE: The old pre-yogi me would NEVER have had the head space to do all this.)
Anyway, the point to this sad little story is that I had a wonderful opportunity today to let the thought of mortality settle into a very real place in my mind. They say pain s a major impetus for personal growth and clarity, and for me this was true.
BTW…. As it turns out, I have a minor infection. Nothing life threatening at all. I could have killed my Dr. for putting me through that ordeal, but that’s another story.
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Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, healthy recipes, home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.