Maneuvering Through The Dark

A few weeks ago I had the misfortune (or good fortune) of injuring my foot. It is nothing serious – a torn tendon and minor fracture – but it has forced me to wear an air boot, slow down, and rest much more than I am accustomed to. I am a person that is used to being on the go, very energetic and independent, so, while it is not a life threatening injury, it is certainly a life annoying injury.

One day, about a week into my hobbling around, I had to visit the home of someone who has never been particularly supportive of me. This person lives on the second floor of a two family home and requires the climb up extremely steep, cement, outdoor stairs in order to arrive at the entrance.

When I got to the home it was daylight, but within minutes the sun went down and it was soon pitch black outside. I completed my business and said my goodbye. As I approached the door, I requested that the person turn on an exterior light, as the stairway was very dark. I was informed that the light did not work.

This person did not offer to assist me in any way and I had to maneuver my way down treacherous stairs, with a wounded foot, in total darkness. I made it home safely, but to be honest, I was quite upset.

Initially I spent some time being hurt, feeling sorry for myself, wallowing in self-pity. I decided that behavior was not going to serve me well so I began to think about the situation rationally. I came to realize that this was a wonderful illustration of our relationship. This person has continually left me wounded, in the dark, to maneuver my way on my own. I have been trying to hang on because I was afraid to let go. But, looking back, every time I made it through the dark alone, I emerged stronger, more self confident and self-reliant.

I am a firm believer that there are gifts and blessings in every situation if you take the time to look for them. Here is another example. Had I not injured my foot I would not have been able to see with such clarity. There was something in the situation that was so clear, such a vivid message for me. It is time to let go.

How about you? What have you experienced, good or bad, that can teach you a life lesson? I challenge you to put your emotions aside and allow yourself to see your situation clearly. It may not always be what you want, but the lesson is usually in full sight.

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