What If Fixing Isn’t the Answer?

What If Fixing Isn’t the Answer?

What if the first question, when we started feeling poorly, wasn’t “what is wrong with me and how do I fix it?” but “this is interesting — what’s here?”?

When I fell into depression, I thought I was broken and needed to be fixed. Something had gone wrong inside because I wasn’t feeling happy all of the time. I’m thinking now this mindset had me missing the point for years and years. It wasn’t until I started to wonder about why I was feeling depressed and what I could learn from the depression that anything really changed. The depression wasn’t an indication that I was broken; it was a pointer that something in my life needed tweaking.

I noticed the same kind of thing with some recent rounds of cold/flu. Rather than going the usual route of “I’m broken and need to be fixed so I can get back to everything I’ve been doing,” I spent a bit wondering why the congestion, sneezing, and coughing had cropped up. Why was I feeling so tired?

This time around I did my best to ditch trying to fix it all as soon as possible this time (though this isn’t to say I didn’t take action to start feeling better — I hopped on the elderberry syrup, apple cider vinegar gargle, and extra rest train). The interesting thing I noticed was that these rounds were popping up when I was saying yes to stuff I didn’t really want to be doing and jam-packing my day with “shoulds”. Interesting.

What if our bodies aren’t getting it wrong and don’t need to just be “fixed” when we start feeling off?

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