Everyday Alchemy: Discover the Extraordinary in Every Moment

Alchemy:(n.) The power or process of transforming something common into something extraordinary. Hi! I'm Sarah Robinson, Business Coach and Resident Alchemist. Welcome to my Blog. My mission is to bring the powerful magic of Everyday Alchemy into the daily lives of Life Adventurers everywhere (especially those with an entrepenurial bent!). Let me know how this resonates with you-I am fascinated! Email me: sarah@everydayalchemy.com. Visit my website at http://www.everydayalchemy.com/

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Monday, October 17, 2005

On Being Sick

I hate being sick, therefore I am a terrible patient. I was suddenly struck down on Friday with a mysterious virus that made my throat hurt so badly I could only eat soup. This unwelcomed visitor gave me a fever and sent me to bed at 8 pm. Meanwhile, I was due to make a presentation Saturday morning to a wonderful group of women. What to do? Well, I couldn't just relax into being sick. The running monologue in my head was "I don't have time to be sick. How will I be ready for tomorrow. I just can't be sick. This stinks. I've got important things to do." Fortunately, I had been working on my presentation all week and it was ready to go. Though I still wasn't feeling super-duper, I went to my engagement and gave an acceptable (though not spectacular) presentation.

Now that I am feeling 100% better, I am amazed at the opportunity I missed to just be sick. Whatever it was that attacked my system simply was not interested in how important I thought I was or the fact that I just did not want to be sick. See, I forgot all about that thing called Acceptance. There wasn't one thing I could do to make myself "not sick" but I continued to behave and think as if there were. What a silly notion. I could have laid in bed, rightfully asked to be waited on just a little and slept slept slept. That actually sounds pretty good-doesn't it? Maybe next time this happens (and with a three year-old in the house it certainly will!), I'll spend my time and energy on these things. Hmmm...maybe I'll even gather a little stash of goodies I get to break out the next time I run a fever. I really like the sound of that!

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