The Season of Waiting and Healing

 

I think I’m one of those people who may suffer from a little bit of seasonal depression, it’s been dreary here in Flagstaff for days, we got over 22 inches of snow in 24 hours and another foot is on its way Sunday evening into Monday, yet for the first time this afternoon the clouds parted and the sun came out and there was actually a sunset. It lifted my mood and I felt more motivated. I feel more motivation when the sun is out. I feel less of a need to hibernate and become more of a doer. I never really thought I was the kind to be affected by weather because I’m typically a happy-go-lucky person even when times are tough. I persevere through the storms. Don’t get me wrong though, my husband will be the first to tell you I’m a ranter when things go wrong especially when the internet is down for hours and I have a post to get up or emails to send out or when WordPress isn’t working the way it should. I can get really frustrated, but when those things pass, I’m a happy person that generally believes the glass is half full. I always want to keep heading forward.

Now my husband and I have been through a roller coaster of 11 years together. Good and bad times alike. Life is not always a beach. Anyway, my husband is ever so patiently awaiting the day of his surgery where he’ll finally get his spine fused to help with the pain of spinal stenosis. His diagnosis has been changed from degenerative disc to spinal stenosis. I’m not sure which is better, but I think spinal stenosis sounds better because it’s not a “disease” and it means that this could be his only ever fusion. Let’s hope! 

Since November we’ve been waiting. Waiting for his pain to get better, waiting for this surgery and even though it’s a brand new year, I still feel like we are waiting for our year to officially start. I’m waiting for some online classes to start in February. Scott will need (at least) six weeks to recover from his surgery, but it will be more like 3 months to a year, so in a sense that’s more waiting, although I don’t think we should look at it impatiently because I don’t want this man taking on or doing things before he’s ready after his surgery. 

There’s a lot of waiting and healing that will be taking place here in the first three months of the year and I’m okay with that, yet at the same time impatient for success in the things I hope to accomplish. I want to be there already, but I know I need to give things the time they need to bloom and become what they are. Things don’t happen overnight. Success takes time and healing takes time as well. 

If you are in a season of healing, give yourself the time you need to heal. Don’t rush it. If you are in a season of learning, give yourself the time to learn the things you need for the success you hope to accomplish. 

All things bloom in their own time. 

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30 thoughts on “The Season of Waiting and Healing

  1. Very well said! When everything is dormant it has the opportunity to grow. It is difficult waiting for the spring! They sell lamps that help with seasonal depression. The clouds make me blue too.

  2. I find the winter months hard. The lack of Sun really gets me down. I am happy we are not to far from Spring and we have had a mild winter so far.

  3. Currently in northern Wisconsin we have had milder temps and the snow is melting but we will get more snow I am sure and back down in the deep freeze. The older I get the harder the winters are on me.

  4. Wow that’s a lot of snow. You know, you’re not the only one going through SAD, I have 3 friends who does, and I only now a few people so that’s probably a high percentage. It’s nice that you find motivitation in things you do. Don’t forget to seek out help from friends. I also wish your husband quick recovery and I hope it doesn’t bother him much. Haller if you need someone to chat with when you’re blue. 🙂

  5. SAD is a very real thing, so know that you’re not alone. This too shall pass, as some really brilliant people once said 🙂 There’s nothing that says you have to wait for it to pass, find stuff you love and surround yourself with it!

  6. I wish him luck with his surgery and hope it fixes the pain. I had my spinal fusion at L5-S1 done a little over a year ago. It wasn’t an easy surgery. He will need help the first week or a bit longer. I will tell you that the first two weeks is the hardest, then it starts getting easier. I started physical therapy around 10 weeks until then I wore a back brace for those first 10 weeks. I am a year post surgery and unfortunately I am still in pain. However, I have RA, fibro, and soft tissue, maybe even some nerve damage from waiting so long to do my surgery. Let me know if you have any questions.

  7. I think you said this all so well! Hopefully all goes well with you too. I definitely agree that it can take a while to heal.

  8. I couldn’t agree more – it takes time to heal and life is not always a beach. Here’s hoping and praying for your husband’s successful surgery and speedy recovery.

  9. I love winter, but the older I get, the harder everything is, and sometimes too hard. I didn’t realize you get snow at all in that area – wow!

    1. Yep, it shocks many. But Flagstaff actually sits about a thousand feet higher than Denver. Denver is known as the mile high city simply because it sits at exactly one mile from sea level which is about 5,690. But we are at about 7,000 feet here which means snow is inevitable.

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