“Health, it’s one of God’s greatest gift, but we take it for granted; yet it hangs on a thread as fine as a spider’s web and the tiniest thing can make it snap, leaving the strongest of us helpless in an instant.”
― Jennifer Worth,
Vanessa Redgrave reads this at the end of an episode in Call the Midwife, and I liked it so much, I wrote it down. God, or Universe, whatever we believe in, the message is the same. I like the analogy of the spider web that can snap in an instant, because it is oh, so true.
Sitting in a doctors office, waiting for the test results; many of us have been in this position. That’s when most of our other problems disappear into thin air. Then, we stop worrying about our appearance, and the 10 or 20 pounds that we always wanted to lose, all of a sudden don’t matter anymore.
Minutes feel like hours when we wait for the doctor’s verdict. A diagnosis can alter our life in the blink of an eye. “Why me?” is often the first thought that comes to mind. “Why not?” whispers a little voice.
When we are sick, that’s when we realize how precious our health really is. Fighting a disease brings things back into perspective. “When a man is lying there with a knife in his chest, then he doesn’t care about if he is happy or not, he just cares about being well again.”
Sometimes I think that I got sick, so that I could shed all the unneeded ballast that I was carrying around with me. I remember my older neighbor Miss Liz; she was high in her 80’s back then when I fell ill. “Get your affairs in order, Dear,” she said and I just looked at her. “I don’t plan on dying,” I replied and shook my head.
She laughed so hard when she saw my face. “Get your affairs in order, so you won’t have to worry about anything else besides getting better,” and as always, what she said made sense. Rebuilding the spider web takes time and effort, being able to rebuild that’s a gift as well, many don’t get that chance at all.
My affairs are in order -mostly. I let go of many things that I just didn’t need and I stopped worrying about things that I couldn’t change.
I set the ghosts of my past free and focused on the present. I changed my diet and my lifestyle and today I make wiser decision about my health and my body. I am in fairly good healthy and still plan on not leaving this wonderful planet before I am at least 95 years old -43 more years to go; I am just a baby.
I truly start every day with a smile on my face, even when I hurt and I smile even bigger when I don’t. 🙂