Recovery and Resilience

Just over a year ago, I took a spectacular fall in the bathtub, and cracked my ribs.  No heroic or fanciful story, it was simply an accident.  After having fallen, I remember looking up, seeing my feet in the air thinking, oh no – this is going to be bad.  It wasn’t until I was in the hospital, and an emergency room doctor explained to me that I needed to take at least one week off from work, and that recovery would require 3 – 6 months that I accepted just how badly I injured myself.

This morning I took a yoga class (hot flow), and I attempted a wheel pose for the first time.  I went into it without fear of pain, physical weakness or personal judgement.  I just went for it.  It was a present, conscious choice, and it was beautiful.  Who knows why today was the day, but it was great, and I felt strong.

At the end of my class, I explained this huge personal win to the instructor, and she was very grateful for the compliment.  I’m new to this studio, and I don’t typically take time to chat with instructors.  I prefer to fly in, mellow out, sweat and wander out with a peaceful smile on my face.  But this deserved discussion.  In the end, we smiled at each other, and I’m glad that she knows the impact that she’s had on my recovery.

It’s always been amazing to me just how resilient people are.  We go about our lives attending work, caring for our loved ones, sometimes caring for ourselves, and all the while there’s baggage, recovery, and stress somewhere in the background.

Let today serve as a reminder that all people are managing some measure of trauma.  You may never know what that means in its simplest form, but that doesn’t change the fact that recovery is taking place.  Workplace bullying, the defeat that comes from unfair hiring practices, and physical workplace injuries are only a few examples of the stresses people carry with them when they say, “good morning.”

Be good to yourself today, and apply one more ounce of grace and patience to those moments you share with your coworkers.  Sometimes when they say, “I’m good,” they really mean, “I’m okay.”  Sometimes when they respond, “I’m good,” they really mean, “I’m doing terrible.”  But sometimes when they say, “I’m good,” they really mean, “I’m floating on cloud nine, thank you.”