I have been on crutches for the last eight weeks. Today I am meeting with my surgeon to determine if I am ready to begin walking. I will still be in a boot, but walking will certainly have a massively positive effect on my lifestyle. I could not be more excited. I’m like a kid on Christmas.
[For those of you who are wondering, I did not have an exciting injury like a motorcycle crash or water skiing accident – just some repairs to my foot and ankle from old sports injuries.]
One positive outcome of this experience is that I have gained tremendous perspective. At no point in my life have I ever woken wishing I could simply step onto the floor and walk from my bed. Such a simple task that we all take for granted, but once removed from our capability it becomes a luxury that we covet.
A few weeks ago I went to fill up my car with gas and was executing my one-crutch hopping maneuver I use to operate the pump. While standing there in severe pain feeling sorry for myself I noticed a gentleman filling his car with gas at an adjacent station. He also was leaning heavily on one leg – because his other was prosthetic. Again a lesson in perspective.
In business we constantly stress and even agonize over trivial items: an employee who lacks motivation, a client who requires extra attention, a computer that is too slow, a lousy office space. Remember to keep these items in perspective. To have these challenges you must have a job, have employees, clients and an office – while unemployment hovers around 9%.
In general, the American public is very fortunate – healthy, educated, and affluent. When dealing with challenges in your personal and professional life, remember to maintain perspective. So I will not complain about hobbling around in a stabilizing boot, because the glimpse of perspective I have gained has reminded me how blessed I truly am.