By Lori Lines
Recently I experienced a close call. While sitting with a QHHT client during the interview stage of their session, I began to feel physical discomfort. While attempting to tolerate the discomfort while struggling to focus on my client, it then became louder. Luckily, my client, was more than understanding and we both decided it was in the best interest of us both to reschedule her appointment for a later date.
In looking at my recent close call experience, after my client left, I notified my friend and assistant, Matt, telling him I was experiencing discomfort. At this point I was not alarmed because I have a very high pain threshold. After answering a couple of his questions, to my surprise, he immediately texted me, "I'm on my way over."
Without boring you with too much detail, Matt ended up talking me into going and taking me to the Emergency Room. From there, I found out I needed surgery but, somehow, I was still in denial as to the severity of what was going on. I was surprised at the way others around me were behaving because, at this point, it was not realized there's an emergency going on here. My discomfort was moving into pain. I talked to a few of my closest people who seemed really concerned about me.
I cried out of sheer frustration of what was happening. What about my clients? What about my daughter? I didn't want to burden anyone.
I was prepped for surgery, given all the appropriate forms to sign, and then I was knocked out. Upon awakening I remember I was having very vivid "dreams" of which I cannot remember but I do recall hearing a male voice say to me upon awakening, "It's not your time, yet." Then I was shaken awake by this beautiful, angelic looking nurse and thus began my recovery.
During my recovery I have been, again, surprised at the reactions of the people around me. The day after my surgery, my surgeon came to visit me and he said once he got to see, first hand, what was going on - I'm "very lucky to be alive." This surprised me, to be sure. But when two of my dear friends said, "Lori, YOU ALMOST DIED! Do you UNDERSTAND this?"
The reality finally hit home.
During my recovery I've been a good patient doing what the doctors have ordered. I've been taking it slow and easy. I’ve been naturally taking extreme care of myself through supplements and diet as my Doctors know I’m not a big fan of medications. Appropriate exercise will be coming shortly. I’ve been contemplating the meaning of all that transpired. I've been asking God what I'm to learn from this. And, I've thought about my life experiences and the events leading up to now.
Here's what I've come away with:
I'm no one special. I am like everyone else who is part of this Great Awakening that our world is experiencing. I have good friends, some family and many clients who mirror back what I need to know about myself and I offer that same mirror of the same opportunities for them.
I have many gifts, though. Gifts that I'm very fortunate to use that are very specific to me. I make my living focusing on others and assisting them in honing in on themselves to uncover their own innate treasures, by identifying the wounds that are cleverly hidden beneath their surface, by helping others heal themselves. My gifts, seeing beneath the surface and more, have come with an enormous amount of experience that lies within me - not only originating from other lifetimes but this lifetime as well.
But, most importantly, I've been pleasantly startled at the love and outpouring of appreciation I've experienced by people that really matter in my life. I was questioning my mortality and contemplating if I'm enough. Have I done enough? Am I doing enough? Is there more? Who really cares?
Through this experience, I got some answers to the questions I’ve been asking. I now know I matter. I will never again underestimate my worth to the important people in my life.
I say all this to remind you that sometimes we have no idea what we mean to others in our lives. People get busy and forget to express their love and appreciation. And, you know what? Chances are, those who hold a place in your heart most likely feel the same about you. Take time to consider those in your life, who love you, by allowing them to give to you while you are being open to receiving (something I've not been very good at, in the past).
By knowing your own worth, you can give the time they may need of you by reaching out and letting them know you love them, too.
I guess God thought I needed the reminder. And, there’s much more to do.
I’m just getting started.
In love and truth,
Author Lori Lines
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