Ah! Another crisp Monday morning and the girls are back in school. Somehow when the children have a pleasant start to the week and leave for school happy, it just fills my heart with joy. After all it seems like everything we do is for them and when they are happy, it makes us happy. But on the other hand, it’s been nine days now since my foot has been hurting after my fall and I am beginning to google “what does a fracture feel like” on my iPhone. I decide that after dropping the girls off at their carpool and my husband off at the airport for a four day trip to Denver, CO (we live near Washington, DC) I might as well get an X-ray, just to be safe!
Within minutes of arriving at the urgent care my right foot was x-rayed and the fracture clear as day in my tarsal or foot bone. Anna, my nice nurse, bandaged the foot and gave me a fifteen second tutorial on how to use my new crutches. Wow! There truly is a first time for everything! It was strongly suggested I go see an Orthopedic right away – which I did, fortunately no longer needing the crutches. The crutches were now replaced by a fashionable orthopedic boot. First time for everything!
Well, there go my plans for the week! Talk about “starting the week off on the right foot”? Here I was in a big ol’ boot hobbling my way about! I was supposed to be at the girls school later that day. Being in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has always been a terrifying thought for me. But here I was inspired (for some crazy reason) to run for President of the PTO – and lo and behold, it happened. Perhaps this is my year to do what scares me the most.
What do PTO President, fracture and starting the week off on the right foot have to do with each other? Well, the way I see it – it’s the perfect storm here to get me back on track with my higher purpose in life. It makes complete sense to me. This extended pause caused by my broken foot has compelled me to take it real easy, claim a slower pace and let others help me. You see, for the longest time “letting it be known” that I needed help was a horrifying thought. Horrifying because it made me feel vulnerable – and I wasn’t compfortable being vulnerable – because to me, being vulnerable meant a hurtful experience was just around the corner.
Taking on PTO President too is another resistance I am dissolving. For the longest time I have been cynical and judgmental of the PTO Mom. They seemed like adult versions of those same girls I grew up with that whispered and giggled behind my back and I was not going to subject myself to those feelings again. But of course, I know better now than to hold on to a past that is not relevant anymore. What is relevant to me today is being the best mother I can possibly be to my three daughters. This is the most important role in my life. Being involved in their new charter school and helping in anyway I can is very meaningful to me. Having the space to play a role at their school, in their lives and be a role model to them – that trumps all of my fears of being giggled at. I am at a place now where even if that did happen I say “bring it on!!”.
So, even though I start my week with a boot on, I start it off great and on “the right foot”! it is after all a matter of perspective. Being the “year for doing what scares me the most” – this break (pun intended) has helped me retreat, continue the work of writing, editing and rewriting my book, which needs to be released into the world sooner rather than later. For my own good, and hopefully for the good of the many I am hoping it will help. It’s always a good day when you can start it awakened and aware, no matter our hurts, bruises or wounds. Here’s to the rest of our week! Namaste!
Sacred Affirmations for this moment:
I practice receiving love and generosity from my family
It is safe being vulnerable
I give up the old stories of my past
I give myself permission to be inspired and be inspiring
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Richa Badami is a transformation leader, meditation teacher, spiritual coach and mentor. She inspires her clients and students to create lasting transformation and success by leveraging their inner power. Her private and group programs have helped hundreds heal, transform and powerfully create lives that they love! To receive Richa’s podcast, videos and blogs delivered right to your mailbox, subscribe to her bi-weekly newsletter “The Pause”. For media inquiries send email to support@RichaBadami.com