The Power of the 5th Step

I’ll be writing here about my personal recovery from life’s latest trial! Follow if you’re interested in my process….

Smashing Back

Who knew that the 5th step from the top had calamitous, universe shattering powers. Until 2 weeks ago I had passed heedlessly up and down across this step for well over 20 years, as my child grew up, my career developed, various cats and dogs came and went from our lives, colour schemes changed and our marriage matured. All this while I was oblivious to the truly life changing power held by the 5th step.lThen at 7am it revealed itself in its full bone smashing glory, cracking apart not just my morning, but my back, my independence, my sense of control and poise, and the next 12 weeks of my life, minimum.

The same day that the UK entered its reality shifting heatwave, the day that the British summer decided to behave in ways only known prior to this in myth and fairytale and childhood dreams, my T8 vertebrae…

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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12 Responses to The Power of the 5th Step

  1. tree girl says:

    Hi Green Mac

    I have been checking in on occasions to see if you have been posting. Suspected that the new job was very busy and heavy with responsibility.

    So sorry to hear of your accident. Phew! it sounds hard.

    A friend sent me this poem today, so now I am passing it to you…

    Today I’m flying low and I’m
    not saying a word.
    I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

    The world goes on as it must,
    the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
    the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
    And so forth.

    But I’m taking the day off.
    Quiet as a feather.
    I hardly move though really I’m traveling
    a terrific distance.

    Stillness. One of the doors
    into the temple.

    – Mary Oliver

    Take great care.

  2. As those of the current generation would say … OMG! I’m so sorry to read about your accident. I’m also sorry for being out of touch for so long. Also … I’m a bit confused … you’re writing about your recovery at another site? Or … will posts be cross listed here? OK, now for a stupid question, other than your current medical crisis … how are you and how have you been. Did I say I was sorry for being out of touch? Long story? No good excuse. D

    • Hi David, yes I’m writing about recovery on a site called Smashing Back, but will do occasional links to Breath of Green Air!! I haven’t been blogging for around 18 months now…..that is also a long set of stories…but tales for another day. 😁 The short answer to your question is that I’m probably not quite sure how I’m doing, life has been pretty challenging/interesting. This accident has called a halt to everything , which might turn out to not be a bad thing. Maybe I can start to process some stuff!! How is life without the farm? I’ve missed reading your posts Xx

  3. Leya says:

    I am so glad you are here, Seonaid – but the reason for it could be more kind to you. Hopefully you will enjoy blogging with your old community again! Looking forward to hearing from you!

  4. Deanna says:

    Have been wondering where you had gone to! I truly wish you the deepest sympathies and know that your shining attitude will pull you thru this. Welcome back and prayers.

  5. Sue says:

    How utterly ghastly, Seonaid….I know you haven’t been blogging for a while…but this? Mind, there are a good few of us bloggers who have challenges of our own, and it’s the community of bloggers that keep us going…. I wish you all the best, and a very good recovery.

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