I didn’t fall. The floor just needed a hug.
Tripping, stumbling and a little off-balance. That’s me. I have always been a little on the clumsy side – ok – so I’m a klutz. This could be why I was always picked last at baseball when I was a kid.
That’s ok. I was never going to be a serious athlete. Playing a little recreational tennis and par 3 golf were more my speed anyway. I just wanted to feel athletic.
But I have always had trouble keeping my balance. Even when doing some yoga and Pilates, it was always a challenge for me to balance on one leg. And I have lost my balance when getting dressed or undressed in my own closet. I have done some weight training and core strengthening exercises – but they don’t help.
Years ago I had a couple of bad falls. Once in California when goofing around with family on the rocks at the ocean, I fell and sprained my right thumb – leaving me unable to write or play the piano for about 6 weeks. Then later I fell down cement steps at the church where my husband was on staff – and broke my right foot. I had to wear a “boot” cast for 6 weeks and could not drive.
It was during this time that Greg was installing new stairs in our 2-story home. The bannister was torn out and the only way for me to go up and down the stairs was to walk very close and hug the wall while being careful not to fall again. It must have been hilarious to watch. Wouldn’t you have just loved to be a fly on our wall during those days?
I remember riding to the store with Greg and then having to walk the short distance from the parking lot to the store. Because it was also an intersection for other cars to drive on – Greg did not want the cars to have to wait for us – so he did what any sensible guy in his position would do – he dragged me across the road.
I remember feeling indignant. I mean – good grief, I was the handicapped one! “Let them wait”, I said. Was I wrong to feel like that? Shouldn’t we make allowances for the ones that are slower? Less capable? Visibly not able? Are people really that much in a hurry? Can’t we slow down for all the klutzy people – like me?
Here’s my prayer today: That we will all remember to slow down – look around and give others much grace and allowance. That we will use love as a guide as we prefer others above ourselves.
Remember – inside everyone – is a klutz waiting to have great balance who needs understanding and a wide berth.