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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: PERMISSION
I did not write last week for the third time in my six years hosting Five Minute Friday (with the exception of the two-week breaks I take every year over Christmas). The first time I did not write was because I had a concussion. The second time was when I was recovering from surgery. This time, it was the dreaded Coronavirus that took me out.
My husband and I have had COVID for the past couple of weeks. He is on Day 18 and I’m on Day 11, to be precise. It has not been fun. I don’t recommend it.
I am a doer by nature, so to be completely wiped out by a disease that has left me flat in bed for days without energy to even lift a book has been challenging, frustrating, and humbling.
I thought about how many emails I had not yet responded to and how far behind I was getting with work. I signed on to a work meeting one day while not feeling well, and my boss said, “Just do what you need to do to get better.”
I knew what I needed to do: REST. I knew it, but it helped to have my boss vocalize his blessing for me to take the time I needed to recover. It was as if I was waiting for someone to give me permission.
I still think about all the things I should be doing, but I’m trying not to push myself too hard. Other people who have had COVID have told me that one of the mistakes they made was to rush back into normal life too quickly, and they suffered a setback. Even without rushing, it feels a lot like two steps forward, one step back.
So I’m trying to give myself permission to do nothing, and thanking those around me for the grace to let some things fall through the cracks as I recover, knowing that whatever God wants me to do will still be there when I return.
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