What the Flu Gave Me (Besides the Chills): A Moment to Reconnect With Myself

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I'm frequently saying that I should slow down, but I'm terrible at taking my own advice — until I have no other choice. The flu season caught up with me this week so I've been in bed with Kleenex, pressed juice (courtesy of my friend, Chloe), and my O magazine. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." It reads nicely on screen but actually getting clear about what lies within us is challenging when we're constantly in motion. Drifting in and out of sleep between Alka Seltzer doses became the perfect opportunity for me to reflect on my own unique purpose and the gifts I've been given to further it. What I know for sure is that planning can prevent you from living. I don't need a road map. I just need to listen to my own internal compass.