Counting My Blessings After a Painful Fall

Updated on August 22, 2019
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MsDora, former teacher and Certified Christian Counselor, explores attitudes and actions that help us maintain physical and mental wellbeing

“Would you like an injection that could take away your pains immediately?” The student doctor was grinning as if he knew that I wouldn’t take his offer. I didn’t disappoint him.

“No,” I answered decisively. “No injection, thank you.”

“Why?” He seemed mildly inquisitive.

“Because pain should not go away immediately. It has a purpose.” In my mind I added, “One gets to lay down and rest, to reflect, to count blessings.”

My pains and I left the hospital carrying medication which the doctor said would decrease swellings and treat inflammation.

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This is not an attempt to make light of a fall, especially when experienced by an aging person. A doctor should be consulted, x-rays done, instructions followed, and medications used as prescribed; all this happened in my case. However, my focus is on facilitating healing by positive thinking while recuperating. Counting my blessings was an easy way for me to nurture positive thoughts.

I had struck my foot against the crack in the sidewalk and plunged forward, landing face down. Consequently, there was tenderness in my swollen chin, discomfort in my sprained thumb on the hand which I reached down to break the fall, and stiffness in my bruised knee. Nothing was broken (a welcome diagnosis for senior citizens like me), but movement in my thumb was limited by great pain, and everybody advised me to take it easy.

So I lay on my bed, counting my blessings. Each of the snippets mentioned below clearly reveals that in balancing the not-good with the good in my situation, I was coming out ahead.

(1) Inner Strength

Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. ― Sivananda

The day after the fall I went to church despite my discomfort. I was scheduled to present an item on the program and I did not want to disappoint the program leader. Besides, I felt that my attendance that day was an act of gratitude for my survival. Nobody, except the few I told, knew that I had fallen. I made my contribution as effectively as I would have on any other day. Despite my aches, my spirit remained strong. Mind over matter? Or, strength over suffering? Thank God for inner strength!

(2) No Stress

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More smiling, less worrying. . . More blessed, less stressed. ― Roy T. Bennett

Had I fallen during my income-earning years, without hurting myself gravely enough to qualify for disability benefits, the fear of losing income would have stressed me. Now during my retirement, I was not disabled, not pressured to hurry out of my restful, relaxing posture; and not having to worry about deductions from my old-age benefits. Despite not knowing how long I would take it easy, I knew that nothing would be deducted from the income I expected. That made me smile.

(3) Usefulness

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ― Charles Dickens

One of my neighbors sent her daughter to check on me and help me out. The little girl washed my dishes and seemed happy to do it. She actually said that it gave her a good feeling to help me. She came back two days later for a second dose of good feeling. What do you know? Not only was I receiving cheer. In my weakened state, I was providing cheer for someone. Though involuntarily, I was being useful.

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(4) Friendship

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. Epicurus

One of my chat groups provided virtual and actual companionship. The nurse in the group offered instructions which I followed and from which I benefited. Another brought one of my favorite food items prepared, ready to eat, and sufficient for more than one meal. They checked on me constantly through WhatsApp. A situation which could have left me feeling lonely and fearful, became proof that there were kind people who cared.

(5) Reflection

Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand. ― Hayley Williams

When I found myself on the ground, face down, I heard my late mother’s voice saying, “Stop dragging your feet; lift them up.” That day when I fell, instead of lifting my foot above the huge crack in the pavement, I dragged my foot into it and lost my balance. During my reflection, I wondered what other practical lessons from my mother I had neglected to heed. Had any other trouble in my adult life been the consequence of disobedience? Were there any other falls (physical or otherwise) on the agenda because of good habits I was overlooking?

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Even in this area, I came out ahead. Throughout the house, I practiced walking and lifting my feet. While I was taking it easy, I found time to practice a habit I had neglected. I also found time to remember with gratitude some of the other habits my mother had taught me, such as, taking the time to count my blessings.

(6) Inspiration

Sometimes, when you fall, you fly. - Neil Gaiman

Not only has my fall inspired content for this article, the article has prompted a boomerang of inspiration from my readers to me. Some have shared stories of their fall, their suffering and their healing. They have made me aware that because we experience similar mishaps, we are more willing and better able to share concern and compassion. We have all been inspired to look for the blessings in unwelcome circumstances, and to take turns lifting the spirits of fellow survivors.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 days ago from The Caribbean

        Sunshine, what a sweet thing to say. You encourage me. Thank you.

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        Shing Araya 

        7 days ago from Cebu, Philippines

        All of you work, inspires me..Thanks for all the effort to share this to us.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 days ago from The Caribbean

        Lawrence, thanks for stopping by. Happy that it lifted your spirit.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        8 days ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        MsDora

        This was a very uplifting hub. Thank you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        10 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Mona. I have the same hope: no more falls. I appreciate your thoughtful sentiments.

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        Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

        11 days ago from Philippines

        Ms. Dora, you have an extremely keen gift in seeing the good through difficult experiences. Most inspiring. However, I hope you will be careful not to fall again. In our age, we have to do everything to protect our bones. God bless and heal you:)

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        Dora Weithers 

        13 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Nithya. I thought that going to church showed gratitude that my ordeal was not as bad as it could have been. Seems that I injured some tendons in that hand; otherwise I'm doing well.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 weeks ago from Dubai

        You have gone to church with all the bruises and great pain. Hats off to you, you are strong and brave. Counting our blessings during bad times will make things seem much better than they really are. Thank you for sharing your experiences, wishing you a speedy recovery.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Sunshine, thanks for your encouragement. Your comment makes me feel useful.

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        Shing Araya 

        2 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Very inspiring. Thank you so much, I learned a lot from you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Devika. I think that I am 98% better, thank God. I do not ever want to fall again.

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        Devika Primić 

        2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Dora Weithers i am glad you wrote of your experience and this is what makes the pain the feel lighter. Hope you feeling better and gained your strength from that fall.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Denise,thanks for your kind thoughts. Sorry to hear about your friend's father. His experience was unfortunate. May she be comforted by happy memories of their lives together.

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        Denise McGill 

        3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

        Wow, I'm so glad you weren't hurt badly and are recovering surrounded by kind people who are there for you. A dear friend of mine is just now suffering the loss of her father who fell on a sidewalk and hit his head. He passed Saturday from a brain hemorrhage. You have a lovely way of looking on the positive. You are my hero.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Anysia 

        4 weeks ago

        Beautiful !

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Audrey, thanks for sharing your story. Sorry about your fracture, and I know that the dog would apologize, if he could. I'm improving, thank you. My hand still pains but I manage to ignore it until I try to lift or hold something it is not quite ready to take on. Your prayers will help.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Today I learned that I fractured my left foot. A beautiful German shepherd accidentally landed on my foot when he was told to get down after jumping on me. He was so excited to see me and didn't mean to hurt me.

        Your post came at a perfect time. So sorry about your fall and praying for a fast recovery for you.

        Your beautiful attitude is inspiring. Thankyou dear friend. ❤

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        Antonio50S 

        4 weeks ago

        Thank you dora. You are right. In future will make sure all comments reflect the topic, and will keep comments shorter as well, on topic.

        You are a great teacher Msdora :)

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Sunshine, thanks for sharing your response to the article. I appreciate your comment.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, I appreciate your input. Thank you very much. However, I really like it when comments reflect the topic specifically, instead of general remarks. Thanks for understanding.

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        Antonio50S 

        4 weeks ago

        To dora. If you don't mind me saying. YOU are just too good, to polite and respectful. If ever you feel any of my comments are too long and inappropriate, then PLEASE delete.

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        Antonio50S 

        4 weeks ago

        My Apology dora. It never registered in my mind it was you that had the fall. Thought you was generalizing about counting blessings in general, but in your case you was talking about an actual physical fall, relating to yourself.

        My Apology for missing that.

        Hope you get well soon.

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        Antonio50S 

        4 weeks ago

        To dora. About 5 days ago, a very odd thing happened to me. Without going into all the details i got into a conversation with a man who turned out to be a Politician. I saw him sitting down in an Old Church Yard Cemetery looking up at a Tree. I went over to him and asked him in a Joking way :) why you looking up that Tree ? At first he was reluctant to speak to me, but then explained why he was there. After a very long conversation, explaining ( Isaiah 53 ) and Lazarus being raised from the dead after 4 days, the effects that had on the history of mankind via Jesus being crucified and raised to life again, the man asked me "Who are You" what are you doing here ? For which i replied, I'm NOBODY.

        After telling me who he was, if i thought of him as a Politician, i would never have been able to continue talking to him. We talked about other things as well, but towards the end, as he was going his way, and me going my way, from a distance he shouted out my name and thanked me for taking the time to stop and talk to him about them things.

        You know dora, i had no trouble at all talking to him knowing who he was, but his Question to me "who are you" ? I felt really UNEASY with. If we need to live in a world where we need to be considered as somebody first before we get noticed, i think is a shame. And maybe the reason he thanked me wasn't just because of the things we talked about, but maybe because i treated him like all the rest, as a human being, or maybe more like a friend.

        I don't think this Politician was any ordinary Politician since he told me, everytime they sit round a meeting table to resolve issues for others, he said he ALWAYS acknowledges God first, for which i alluded to ( Acts 15:28 ) being that it was the Holy Spirit that guided the first centuary christians to make the right decisions.

        Sorry for going of Subject a little and going on, but i do like the "Charles Dickens" Quote and the example of the girl washing the dishes. In the eyes of God, it's not the status or position a person holds that gets them noticed. As long as we can ease the burdens of another, God notices EVERYONE.

        Great Subject MsDora.

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        Shing Araya 

        4 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

        So inspirational. It is deeply warming me. Thank you for the wisdom.

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        Antonio50S 

        4 weeks ago

        Thought about it dora. What i would like to say would best be suited on another subject. Another time. But for now, keeping it simple, on Subject. I like the "Charles Dickens" Quote. No3.

        Also like the example of the girl washing the dishes and how she felt afterwards. A big contrast to living in a world where we think we are owed ( All about me attitude ) As if the world is centred around us.

        We should also come to the REALIZATION that LIFE is a privilege given to us by the Almighty himself, and NOT A RIGHT. When we look at it like that, we never take things for granted. Jesus also said "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving" nobody showed the girl how to feel good after helping others ( Since that was part of God's plan ) but we should also be selective about the ones we help as well. The recipients should also be Grateful people, otherwise they can make us feel bad for helping them "Instead of Good" which is going against the plan.

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        Antonio50S 

        4 weeks ago

        To dora. I really would like to say something on this subject, but really don't know or even have the words to do so right now.

        May just ask a question later on instead when i thought about it ?

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Saw my oncologist and came back here. I got to 100 and got tired of counting my blessings. Maybe tomorrow I pick back up on the letter M.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Erudite, I appreciate your kind comment. I like your statement, "to rise up when we fall in life" because we can receive similar inspiration no matter the type of fall. Yes, I am much improved, thank God.

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        Erudite Scholar 

        4 weeks ago

        Hi Dora,

        I would like to first say I am really grateful that you are doing well.

        You are an inspiration to the millions of elderly people who have to contend with numerous falls each year. You have taught us to rise up when we fall in life.Thank you so much and may God bless and heal you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, I agree. Hoping that you will find many more blessings to count as you head into the new week.

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I love Sundays. What a great day to count blessings, no matter our situation.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Pastor Bill, you also push me forward with your continual encouragement.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, the homeless guy is super-positive despite his circumstances. He probably has other good thoughts to share.

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        William Kovacic 

        4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        Sorry to hear about your fall, Dora, but I love your positive approach. And as you say, what better way than to count your blessings. So many people miss the point, but you've made it perfectly clear. Thanks for pushing us onward.

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        Eric Dierker 

        5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Of course I am back. I heard a homeless man say (down at recycling) that the other guy should be glad that the other guy should be happy he had a face to fall on. Can you imagine that I walked there a mile.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Sorry to hear about your fall and therefore, injuries. Wish you a speedy recovery. And that should not be difficult, with such a positive attitude towards life. Pain and pleasure are two sides of the same coin.

        This is such an inspirational article for everyone. Only those, who are mentally strong can see the good, in otherwise not so good situations.

        Each section is full of wisdom and useful lessons for life.

        Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Peg. I can relate to feeling like we can still do what we used to. I know you felt the pain of your mom's broken hip. We have to be more and more careful the older we get.

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        Peg Cole 

        5 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        I'm so glad that you didn't suffer broken bones or worse, Dora. Your reflections on the situation are an inspiration.

        When my mom was two years younger than I am now, she fell on the carpet in her living room and broke her hip. It was at that point we realized just how fragile she'd become due to osteoporosis. It makes me ever mindful of my lagging resilience and lessened recovery power, despite my thinking I can still do what I used to do.

        Hoping that you recover quickly from your fall.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. I'm always looking for inspiration. I look everywhere and I found some in my fall.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Rodric. Although I do not blame our enemy for my fall, I rejoice that it did not turn out the way he would have liked. You and I are both blessed.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, James for putting poetic effort into your comment. It made me smile. It is very meaningful.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill (Smith). I appreciate your get well wishes.Another blessing from the fall, is that it gave me content for an article.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks Yves. Still some pain but it grows less every day. I've always believed that numbing our pain might leave us unaware of the real cause. Of course if it is too much too bear, the medication is necessary.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Heidi, thanks for sharing the story of your fall. Seems that it was pretty serious, and I hope that your wrist is fully healed. Yes, these incidents do cause us to slow down, but that is often followed by growth spurt in character and outlook.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I hope you get better very soon, Dora. Your reflections are interesting and important. Thank you for sharing the wise and meaningful ideas. They are inspirational.

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        Rodric Anthony 

        5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

        Dora, bless my soul that it was you. I really needed that reminder to count my blessing and let the trials of life come without trying to fight to avoid them. I am so sorry you had that fall. I am glad you turned it into a life lesson.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Rodric, you made my day. I can relate to skipping my devotions only to have God corner me through someone's outreach. today, I'm grateful that it was my turn to bring the answer to your prayer.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Lori, you made me see you flopping over sideways and having a difficult time getting up. Thanks for your kind words, and for sharing.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Sean. Your quotes and your kind words are very encouraging. Well said, "there is a treasure in every situation."

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. We must be careful. Falling is no longer fun. Praying that you do not have any more falls.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Carolyn. I appreciate the additional lesson you mentioned. Thanks also for your prayer.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Shauna, I also love your attitude toward your strained ankle. Happy that it is healing. We share mutual encouragement.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Pam. Much improved and being encouraged by kind comments like yours.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Kath, thanks for your encouragement. Comments like yours boost my positive spirit.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill. I know that you also look for the bright side. It gives us something hay to write about.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, RTalloni. I can relate to your experience of prayer and meditation on God's Word while I'm down. Thanks for helping me count my blessings.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, thanks for the laughs. Even the airplane pilot prepares us for landing. There was no preparation here and that does not help. True, I boast--about God's ability to help me survive a really hard fall, and then gives me the courage to write about it.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Mary. At my last annual physical, my doctor made me walk around so she could judge my inclination to falling. Neither she nor I saw this one coming. Yes, we get lots of surprises at our age.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks Liz. I appreciate your kind wishes. Glad to offer some inspiration. I get much here on HP. Now, it's my turn to share.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Lorna. Improving by the minute. By the time we get to my age, we have proven over and over that worry does not help. Our faith increases. Glad to be an inspiration.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Paula, thanks for your healing and wellness wishes. I appreciate your kind spirit.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Flourish. Not quite healed, still taking it easy and counting my blessings. It helps to hear from you.

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        James C Moore 

        5 weeks ago from The Great Midwest

        I will be direct, and shall not digress

        not say too much nor too less

        Ms Dora's response as I assess

        to her faith's recent test

        she chose to feel too blessed

        rather than to be distressed

        about the fall, pain, and injury mess

        Your perspective inspires poetry, or at least the attempt at it.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, John. Sometimes I forget not to rely on my hurt hand, and I aggravate the discomfort, but I'm learning to remember. "Each hurdle . . . a blessing." Well said.

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        William Leverne Smith 

        5 weeks ago from Hollister, MO

        Thank you for sharing this experience. Get well soon. Keep your articles coming, as you can. ;-)

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        Yves 

        5 weeks ago

        Ms. Dora.....You are very brave; a true Christian woman who knows how to turn adversity into a gift. How wise you are. I've no doubt I would have taken those pain pills in two seconds, but I would hope I could look on the bright side of things despite my weakness.

        Thank you for reminding us to be grateful in all situations. I truly hope you are no longer feeling any pain, or at least not very much of it. Your personal story is very inspiring, indeed.

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        Heidi Thorne 

        5 weeks ago from Chicago Area

        Sorry to hear about your fall! I did something similar in the spring, broke my wrist and had to have surgery. So I can understand what you're feeling!

        Like you, I resisted all pain meds (they make me sick), except for the day after surgery. That was it. It was difficult being in a cast for a few weeks, then having a brace for another month. But it forced me to slow down, and be more mindful of my movement and body signals.

        Hope you continue to heal and count your blessings! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

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        Rodric Anthony 

        5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

        This is a great lesson. I arose feeling mightly low today. I jumped right to work skipping my scripture study, knowing it would pick me up. I saw your article and read it. I did what I forgot to do, show me to count my blessings! Name them one by one. I have so many. I love how God works through people to give answers to prayer, something I did not neglect today. Thanks for being that answer.

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        Lori Colbo 

        5 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

        There is so much power in gratitude and this was an inspirational reminder to do it in the midst of trials.

        I started noticing when I hit my 50s until this present (age 63) that falling is such an interesting journey. I fall in slow motion, not literally but in my head. "I'm losing my balance and headed towards a fall but I will break it before I actually make it all the way to the ground. Uh oh, making contact, that's okay I can stop it now. Oh no, I flopped over sideways. I can barely roll back over to get off my feet. Oops, I rolled over to the other side. Earth swallow me whole."

        Thanks for this inspiration. You always deliver.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        5 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        "The wound is the place where the Light enters you."- Rumi

        "One is never so strong as when one is broken." - Hazrat Inayat Khan

        That is one of the brightest articles I have read lately! My dear sister, Dora, your positive attitude against this accident is a great lesson for everyone! Thank you for reminding us that there is a treasure in every situation.

        Prayers for healing!

        Sean

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        Linda Lum 

        5 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        Blessings in adversity. While some would simply bemoan their "bad luck" your Christian heart seeks and finds the message of love. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

        Blessings to you. I pray that you heal quickly and that the pain soon subsides. Like you, I have fallen several times--1 sprained wrist and 3 separate episodes of cracked ribs--this senior citizen status does have its ups and downs, doesn't it?

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        Carolyn Fields 

        5 weeks ago from South Dakota, USA

        You may add one more blessing to your list: inspiration. You have inspired me (and no doubt others) to examine life's "falls" as lessons, rather than failures.

        Thank you! I pray for your continued healing.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        5 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Dora, you're such an inspiration. Not many people would actually see a painful fall as a blessing in disguise. Your positive attitude shines and will help in the healing process.

        Take care and don't overdo. I sprained my ankle about two months ago. For the last week, I've not wrapped it and am walking normally once again. The pain is still there, but not as intense as before. Time and pushing the pain into the recesses of my mind will help it to heal completely.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I think you are a strong woman, and I love your attitude following a painful fall. The lessons learned are valuable, and the kindness of others is wonderful. I hope you are fully healed now.

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        Kathy Henderson 

        5 weeks ago from Pa

        Hello Sweet Ms. Dora,

        Lovely to read your words once more. I am thankful for God's grace and protection that your fall was not worse. Your reflection is welcomed,

        "So I lay on my bed, counting my blessings. Each of the snippets mentioned below clearly reveals that in balancing the not-good with the good in my situation, I was coming out ahead."

        Beautiful presentation of how to use a trial for glory. Thank you and God Bless!

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        What wonderful lessons stemming from a painful experience. I like the way you face life, my friend. I can definitely relate to your attitude. Hope you feel better soon.

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        RTalloni 

        5 weeks ago from the short journey

        So sorry you were hurt but am thankful for your willingness to share some of what you learned through the accident. This was a timely read for me as I've tried to focus on how much I have to be thankful for in a long process of recovering from a fall earlier this year.

        It is precious that you have your mother's wisdom to draw from no matter what life brings. To have caring friends and helpers (young or old) is a gift many do not enjoy. In acknowledging the things you have to be thankful for you help others put their situations in perspective.

        Knowing that God has purpose and that He wants us to draw closer to Him at such times is a comfort that can't truly be described in human language. Time to pray and meditate on His Word while down has been a special blessing in my circumstances.

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        Eric Dierker 

        5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Ms. Dora I have been reading this section by section. Reflecting and then coming back.

        Now you know full well that you are boasting here. And you know full well that with a thorn in the flesh we are directed to boast. You are not boasting about your self but rather your thorn

        Of course you give the finest example of Paul's 2nd letter to the Corinthians 12. I have come to expect no less from one of my best and favorite "Rabbi's"

        I am encouraged and enthralled here. Thank you.

        For fun: Dear Dora you write of a terrible fall and of course I laugh. The fall did not hurt you at all. It was the landing.

        Of course I am saddened by your landing. Bums me out. I just could not get a cane. I got real fancy "Trekking" sticks, I look real cool with them.

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        Mary Norton 

        5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        I know that at our age, falling often is the start of a weakening. I am glad that you made it a very positive experience. It's an inspiration to me.

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        This is, as ever, an inspirational passage. You have turned an accident and injury into a positive experience and in so doing have taught all your readers some valuable lessons. I trust that you are now well on the road to recovery.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        5 weeks ago

        I'm sorry to hear about your fall Dora and in particular such a nasty one. Your attitude and faith are indeed an inspiration to us all and I wish you a speedy recovery.

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        Paula 

        5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Ms. Dora......Such wise and wonderful words! This is surely advice to live by and I appreciate your common sense and honesty.

        I send wishes for your healing and continued wellness! Peace, Paula

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        I hope you are healed, feeling rested, and back to your old self soon. So sorry to hear about your fall. Take care of yourself physically, psychologically and spiritually. I like your positive perspective.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        What an inspiration for us all MSDora. We need to treat each hurdle in life as a blessing and a chance for us to rest, learn a valuable lesson, or reflect on our life and things we may do better in future. Thank you for sharing, and I hope you are recovering well.

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