Over the last couple of days, I have felt a return to my ‘normal’ self (loose use of the word ‘normal’ there).
My energy levels have been up and stayed that way. The pain in my feet/ankles and hands/wrists has significantly reduced, almost to the point of being negligible.
As a result, my head space has been better. And when I say ‘better’ I actually mean I am feeling euphoric. And I have realised it’s all the little things that I have been missing.
Being able to give my hair a good scrub when washing it, without pain shooting up my arm.
Being able to lift a full kettle of water to make my tea.
Getting out of bed in the morning and not nearly collapsing from the pain in my feet.
Driving! That small loss of independence has taken it’s toll!
Carrying a plate of food with one hand.
Lifting a saucepan full of vegies off the stove.
The little things we take for granted every day, mean so much when they are gone.
And so I have looked about and realised a new appreciation for the other small things that have the capacity to bring me joy.
Like our garden. We don’t have an ideal place for a veggie patch, so have had to make do with the good ‘ole styrofoam boxes.
We also have other veggies and herbs that are growing at a cracking pace, too. Not an award winning garden, mind you. Just simple homegrown yummy-ness
I feel a sense of renewed wonderment at the world around me. The simple pleasures of hearing my daughters laughing down the hall way and walking into the bathroom to discover a full manicure session in progress. A simple ‘love ya!’ from that boy of mine at the end of a phone call. Listening to my sister recounting the shenanigans of my two year old nephew and the sound of his voice saying “Auntie Oosie”.
So many ‘insignificant’ joys to be found, if we simply stop to look. Give me the little pleasures any day
I don’t know how long this heightened awareness will last. I hope I manage to hold onto it for a little while.
And if I don’t, please feel free to remind me of this blog post
PS. My friend Alison wrote wonderfully about the small things recently on her blog – go here to read it – little tiny things