Jewish or Christian, itâ€™s the season of miracles.Â Since I had one this week I thought Iâ€˜d share it.Â It begins with back pain.
Iâ€™m a swimmer.Â I love to do laps.Â I swim outside in the summer months and in the winter I join a health club with an indoor pool.Â My love of the sport is new since, until about 15 years ago, I was uncomfortable in the water and couldnâ€™t really swim.Â Having surmounted my fears, I taught myself to swim and have been dedicated ever since.
However, within the last 6 months, I have been having severe upper back pain and so when the pool closed in September I decided it was too painful to swim.Â I didnâ€™t join the club.Â Recently, I’ve seen several doctors who have ordered x-rays, ultrasounds, thermography and an MRIâ€¦ all in an effort to diagnose the painâ€¦ which happens to be in the area of my rotator cuff and under the scapula as well.
Last week, a friend of mine who didnâ€™t know of the pain, suggested I join the health club as I have for the past couple of years since it was her thought that I am “just plain happier when I am swimmingâ€¦ so why not?”Â Thinking over her suggestion, I decided â€œwhy notâ€ as well and joined.
Somewhere in my thought process was the hope that, at this point, exercising the muscles by swimming might help.
Enter the miracle.
Yesterday was my second night swimming. Â Midway through my regimen of laps, a man asked me if he could share my lane. Swim protocol and courtesy says the answer to that question is always â€œYes.â€Â After he did a lap or two, with beautiful form, he waited for me to end my lap and asked me if Iâ€™d mind if he gave me some constructive advice.Â â€œNot at all, please doâ€ I replied.
â€œWhen your left arm comes up out of the water and goes back in its crossing over your plane.Â Itâ€™s crossing all the way to your right side.Â You are going to hurt your rotator cuff and upper back.â€ (my emphasis not his)!
Can you imagine my shock?Â I could hardly believe it.Â I had just had an x-ray earlier that day.
Here he had â€œshowed upâ€ (a tri-athlete I might add) to tell me exactly the cause of my back pain.Â No disease.Â Nothing mysterious.Â Doctors need apply.Â I am swimming incorrectly and reinjuring myself every time I do.
But hereâ€™s the thing.
When you are â€œin the flowâ€ (no pun intended) the Universe gives you what you need.Â Exactly what you need.Â Not always what you want, but definitely what you need.
So, I got a diagnosis, a solution, and a free swimming lesson from a tri-athlete because I was open to 1) my spiritual friendâ€™s suggestion that I rejoin the health club and 2) I was trying to do the best I could forÂ myself.
Itâ€™s the stuff of miracles.
But thatâ€™s not a surprise because… â€˜tis the season.