Isn’t it amazing that the smallest of life forms can upend your life, change your priorities overnight, and put your schedule, and even deadlines, on hold? Otherwise known as the flu bug. It knocked me for a loop or three just after the New Year, and I’ve been battling it off ever since. Everything, and I mean everything, gets put on hold at such times.
I’m sure you all know that there is no convenient time for a flu, but sometimes it’s easier on the schedule than others. I’m grateful that it was after Christmas, because on Christmas Day I was at last able to complete the first draft of my next novel! And later this month I don’t need it, because I get to go and stay in a posh resort overnight, also known as a hospital bed, to catch a few hours of sleep while they remove a few plates and lots of screws from one of my ankles, making it easier to get through airport security. My bone will look a bit like Swiss cheese after they’re done, which means I get a few weeks of feet-up-and-read-lots-of-books time, followed by the ability to walk, exercise, and get a bit of muscle tone back. Woohoo.
I began thinking about loops, in the wider scope, while I had some down-time this past month: They come in all shapes and sizes; sometimes they’re hiccups in relationships, jobs, studies, goals or even social or environmental challenges. Those loops, we can handle; they’re all essentially first-world problems, so I won’t complain; at least my loops don’t include wondering where my next meal will come from, where I’ll be sleeping tonight, or how to find clean water and a safe hiding place from men with guns hunting me down. Even though my schedule has gotten thrown on its ear, and I feel like something the cat dragged in, I will count myself blessed.
If you’re going through loops of your own right now, look for the things in your life that remind you that you are blessed, and remember that jumping through loops will make us stronger in the end.