I was shown an interesting life-lesson this past week, as I dealt with a brutal virus. I have been extremely sensitive to changes in respiratory function, including how easily it is for me to breathe. Even slight airflow hindrances have been known to cause claustrophobic anxiety. So, when I found both nostrils completely clogged for more than 3 days, I was not happy. And, of course, I tried every natural remedy I had and even gave into taking regular cold medicine…nothing. No change. Damn.
This was bad.
After being up all night, I went downstairs to get a snack. My son also got up, wondering who was in the kitchen so late (or early). For some reason, at that moment, I remembered that we had bought him some nasal spray for bad allergies a while back. I blurted out, “Judah, do you have some nose spray in your room?” He walked in and grabbed a white bottle off of his dresser and handed it to me. Damn…again.
This spray was the kind I remember my mom using in the seventies to clear her stubborn congestion. I’d always heard products like Afrin and Dristan were not very good for you, so I stayed away from them. So much so, that through my deluge of snot ordeal that week, I didn’t even think about it… not until that moment. I grabbed it and sprayed it desperately into my nose. It cleared in 10 seconds. I could breathe. I wanted to kick my own ass for making me suffer for so long and the answer was right there.
I believe that, sometimes, the thing we need the most to end suffering or imbalance is closer than we think. It’s human to set our standards, and even make choices, based on our beliefs. However, these choices can also be what holds us back from victory or peace. In my metaphoric cold-from-hell example, the completely blocked nose was creating pain, suffering, and worsening the cold itself. The remedy, though not a natural one that lived up to my standard, solved the problem immediately.
I’m one to be pretty rigid about my health and wellness. And, I hate taking medicine that is not of the natural variety. However, I have learned to lighten up and do what I have to do to feel better. More importantly, this all was a reminder to calm down and listen to all of the information that is coming in. To be open to things even if they don’t fit into a rigid plan or program.
This can be applied to all areas of life and not just to health. And, it doesn’t mean that we have to throw out our beliefs or strong convictions either. It just means that we can be flexible to go with the flow of life and opportunity. For you analytical types, it’s risk assessment at it’s best. Sometimes, a little bad is worth the extreme good it can do. Ironically, and a tad bit comically, my word for 2017 is flow. It took a lack of “flow” to remind me something really important about myself and this wonderful life journey.Sometimes, a little bad is worth the extreme good it can do. Click To Tweet
Here’s to having flow in our lives…nasally and otherwise.