Hello, Beauties! The courage to retreat and re-enter. Six weeks ago I took a giant leap of faith. I gathered all my courage and stepped away from my business to have total knee replacement surgery. Would my business survive? How long would it take to heal after surgery? So many questions without answers. Today, I am stepping back in and sharing the beauty of having
The courage to retreat and re-enter
I want to introduce you to my new knee, Penelope Grace. Penelope after my favorite character from Criminal Minds and Grace to remind me the courage I employed to give myself this gift. I’ve grown my patience with myself and am proud of acting in the best interest of my body.
So decision made.
Surgery and healing.
Trust the Universe.
Clear my calendar.
Commit! (aka LEAP of FAITH)
No big deal, right? Except, it’s a HUGE deal.
- Will if I lose my traction because I was absent?
- What if I’ve lost my relevance?
- Will I jump over doubt and fear and reengage?
- What if nobody’s still listening?
I’ll admit that I hedged my bets before the surgery and completely underestimated the scope of recovery. I expected to be out two weeks! That was my pride trying to protect me. Delusional thoughts can occasionally be helpful. Even as everyone around me raised their eyebrows and suggested it might take longer, I chose to believe I was the exception.
Except I’m human
Healing from major surgery is not something that can be rushed. There are no shortcuts, there is only patience and acceptance of the reality of each day. Your brain that argues and debates, your body demands.
No matter how loudly my brain judged me for “wasting time” sleeping, my body slept.
Despite pressuring myself to “get back to work”, my body used all my energy for healing.
Another chance to use that courage to retreat:
to allow my body to have all it needs to heal
FOR AS LONG AS IT NEEDS
Downtime is no joke! Whether it is maternity leave, a sabbatical or knee replacement surgery, removing yourself from the process of your life for any amount of time requires courage!
Will it be the same when you return?
How will you be different after being internally focused for a period of time?
Gather your courage and re-enter.
My business did more than survive, it flourished. That knowledge will serve me well when I have the other knee replaced later this year. I am no longer in chronic pain. My mobility and stamina are massively improved. As leaps of faith go, this was a good one.
One thing I know for sure. It is impossible to hide from yourself when you lie in bed recovering for six weeks. You are up close and personal with your thoughts, expectations, fears, etc.
The magic is that you’ve already been practicing NOT hiding from yourself!
You’ve become adept at connecting to yourself. You know you are ready to re-enter. You have insights to share, you are ready to re-engage.
The beauty of humanness is that we never stay down for long.
We are resilient and able to re-engage.
You ready to use your courage and focus on YOU?
I’ve got the blueprint and can help you say yes to your next leap of faith. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “I’m Ready” in the Subject line.
I love you my Voluptuous Beauties!
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