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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fire works and physical therapy

For the past year, I have been in physical therapy with my foot. I have a screw holding my arch together-an injury brought on by my own stubbornness.

This week while grinding it out with my therapist he said the most fascinating quote. Maybe it will help you in your journey toward your dream.

After an excruciating day with weights, he stared at me and said, "It's not happening because you want it too much. Just stop for a moment and breathe."

Which got me thinking, how often to we push for our wishes to happen the way we want it to?

Sure our dreams require us to have an absolute drive toward the goal. But what would happen if every now and then we took a step back and breath. Allow the dream to have some air.

This is my example of wanting something so badly and then finally taking a step back. Its written with my grandma in mind.

As a little girl I wanted to see the fireworks with you. Bask in their splendor while listening to the pops and booms all around us. You, in your moccasins, me, in my pigtails and tights. But wishes never come true when you want them desperately.

You passed away before I ever got my wish. For twenty-one years bouquets of fire have flashed in the night sky. Some Independence Days were rainy, others were sweltering hot. Year after year, I wished you were near me.

And just when I had laid to rest my burning desire, you surprised me.

On the Fourth of July 2011, I sit on a blanket across the street from your grave. The crickets chirp and the air is warm. I didn't drive to this spot but somehow, I am here.

My dearest friend smiles wildly and says, "See, I told you this was the perfect place to watch fireworks."

No words would form as I stared at your headstone. I got my wish, just not in the way I had planned.

*And so my friends, the lesson is simple. Just stop for a moment and breath. Everything will work out in time. Until that day, just breath.

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6 comments:

shelly said...

What a cool post!

shelly said...

Very cool post!

Robin said...

I loved this!!

It made me think of something similiar that I read a long time ago. I think it was in 'Illusions' by Richard Bach that I read that you can't hold onto a handful of water by squeezing it. Or maybe it was someplace else. I've forgotten where, but the idea sticks.

Lori said...

Isn't amazing how wanting something too much can be the impediment to getting it? This post is very thought provoking!

FrankandMary said...

Many humans are impatient for happy endings & implausibly simple solutions, but breathing is always good :-). ~Mary

MANDY said...

What a thought-provoking post that I so whole-heartedly agree with! When I can't come up with a line to begin a blog post or the words I want are not forthcoming, I realize that if I stop, it usually comes to me later. The harder I try, the less I get done. So I don't try so hard. I go for a walk, listen to music....then suddenly, even in the shower, or in the wee hours of the morning, some inspiration comes to me. Breathe...you're right, it works. Beautiful thoughts of Grandma, Russo.