August 18, 2014

day 24 journey with joy ~ gratitude...


In addition to playing with paint, I like to doodle with pens and markers. I did the below about three years ago.


I'm right-handed, so I traced my left hand (inside the circle) and did a lot of doodling.

Although my left hand is the hand depicted here, my right hand was the hand holding the marker, doing all the doodling.

For several months this year, after I had a hard fall in January, I was barely able to hold a pen.

I could awkwardly fill out a check or write a couple of lines in handwriting or printing that looked little like my usual.

There's no way I could have done any doodling with that hand.

Gradually, very gradually, my right hand improved.

It's still not completely recovered - but it is soooo much better. So very, very much better.

My writing looks like my own again.

I can write for several pages at a time again.

I can hold a paintbrush and paint.

I can doodle with pens and markers.

Am I happy that I fell?

Not at all. If I could go back and do that day over, I'd completely change that day.

But we don't get do-overs like that.

My fall happened.

I had the injuries I had, the injuries I continue to deal with to a certain extent.

Fortunately, my fingers work again. My hand works again. I can hold things.

And I am so incredibly grateful.

And feeling the gratitude helps me connect with joy.





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