Well, I am guessing the evil spirits of Halloween or the good spirits of All Saints Day have worked their magic as I am almost back to normal today. Just the rare achy night and not being able to run are my worst problems! Still cannot see my inside ankle bone, but swelling is only a 10th of what it was.
I was totally fascinated by the gradual healing which I monitored daily. I could not push it faster whether I rested more or exercised more. Yet, every day, probably because I no longer work and can stay at home and have few distractions, I noticed a measurable improvement. This slow healing reminded me of so many things in life that move forward at a snail's pace. (Actually these last two days I have been able to noticed a faster improvement if I took two aspirin in the late afternoon and then put my foot under a heating pad...this blood rush did make things better more noticeably.)
- The slow emergence and growth of a seed into a plant. You can check it each day and see the growth, but there is nothing dramatic or surprising in its changes, unless some rodent eats it to the ground.
- Losing weight requires endless patience and if you give up just one day you will not see measurable loss.
- Babies change so slowly if you are able to study and watch them each day. They look toward your sound, than at your face and finally are able over time to focus on your eyes and then respond to your smile.
- Good poetry must be read slowly, then re-read (out loud for me) and then over time it grows on you and thickens with meaning.
- Love, real love that goes beyond sex and eye candy, takes such a long time. The melding of good and bad habits and trust happens over days, weeks, months and becomes a strong if not beautiful foundation only over decades after all of life's tests and challenges have been met.
- Developing an expertise in something comes only with time. Talent you may be born with, but honing that into an expert skill requires time. Malcolm Gladwell ( a somewhat controversial author) in his book "Outliers" writes about how long it takes to really become an expert. "Gladwell explains that reaching the 10,000-Hour Rule, which he considers the key to success in any field, is simply a matter of practicing a specific task that can be accomplished with 20 hours of work a week for 10 years. He also notes that he himself took exactly 10 years to meet the 10,000-Hour Rule, during his brief tenure at The American Spectator and his more recent job at The Washington Post."
I do not think it will take me 20 hours of walking for 10 years to be an expert at walking, because clearly I never had the talent to begin with! My point is that everything worthwhile seems to take a lot of time and therefore we all better learn patience.