Does Everybody Know Something I Don’t?

Yesterday, I broke my leg.

Freak accident. Tripped, turned the wrong way, fell and broke Mr. Fibula.

I’ve received lots of emails and Facebook wall posts from friends and family offering well-wishes, offers of help, and prayers.  Typical responses one would expect to receive in situations like this and I appreciate each and every one of them.

But I also received some advice that I didn’t expect and I received it from virtually everyone who’s contacted me.

“Maybe this will force you to slow down a bit and rest.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

“Take this down time and use it for reflection and get lost in your writing again.”

“Don’t be shy about asking for anything.”

“Hey, now you’ll HAVE to rest!”

These responses came from at least a dozen people and most of them don’t know each other.  But apparently they know me.

They know me better than I know myself.

This advice is a little tough to hear and I have to ask myself a couple of questions:

  • Do I really have a problem with asking for help?
  • Am I really just living for the “have to’s” and the to-do list that I don’t stop to refill the tank?
Looks like I’m going to have some time to figure that out.



5 thoughts on “Does Everybody Know Something I Don’t?

  1. Sorry to hear about your accident. Haven’t been on fb for 2 days. But, I probably would have also texted some of the same sentiments. Maybe you do take time for yourself but probably not. Being a wife, mother, and employee doesn’t lend itself to self-care. Women in general nurture others which is why we choose most of our professions. We shouldn’t have to find an excuse to care for ourselves but we need it. Take advantage of the opportunity God has given to you. Get yourself a bell, ring it to summon others for a change. It can be a teaching opportunity for you and others. I’d also be willing to help if you need me

  2. Ha! All I can say here is – there’s a reason I wasn’t one of the people who said that to you. But thanks for this blog, which now forces me to think about it for myself. Yeah. Thanks a LOT. Get well soon – really soon. I’m already tired of (and by tired of, I mean threatened by) you being so reflective. 🙂

  3. sorry to hear about your bad luck (or blessing in major disguise?)! Kirk says, “was she at least carrying a box so that she can get workman’s comp?”!!!! I am thinking that situation would be very inconvenient for a busy momma. Will pray for you and for your mental health too. I am glad you are seeing it as an opportunity. I look forward to your reflections. 🙂

    • Hey Emily,

      You can tell Kirk I was carrying pieces of glass from a broken picture frame out to the dumpster. 🙂

      Thanks for the prayers. As soon as I’m off the meds and have a clear head and settled stomach, I’ll start writing. 🙂

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