I divert from my typical, generally upbeat blog post style to be more candid, sharing a different kind of challenge. Most of us have struggled through physical, personal, health and business problems. Somehow, we get through this stuff. In the real world, sadly some don’t survive whatever the battle is.
Challenges are where perseverance, character, and faith come into play.
Recently I woke up with a ringing in my ear. Assuming it was an ear infection, I opted to see a nurse practitioner. It wasn’t an ear infection, so I was referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Waiting to see the specialist was stressful. In the meantime, I went to Dr. Google who knows everything. That wasn’t helpful.
Before my doctor’s appointment was the Team Runners Lane Fun Run, which I was looking forward to. As listening to music is a part of my run, I put the earpiece in the “good” ear. But, to check out how the “bad’ ear was doing, I put the other ear piece in that ear. That made sense, but probably was a mistake. I could not hear anything through my left ear. THAT was scary!
One of my favorite accessories, when I'm active, are BANDZ headphones from my friends at Hirsch Gift. They sound great and are very comfortable, and I love that the earpieces are independently retractable. It's nice not to have one dangling earpiece when I'm riding my bike or hiking and need to hear what's going around me. But that day, unfortunately, one ear piece is stayed retracted because I just couldn’t hear.
As we started the run, I just wasn’t feeling it. Suddenly, I was scared and depressed. The mile long, gradual uphill section, we have dubbed “Buster Hill” was where all my usual pains were speaking to me. My plantar fasciitis, torn right calf, and always present back pain let me know they were there, but none of those things mattered as I was overcome with the fear of not being able to hear. I thought about how I had recently played my drums and appreciated the resonance of a Sabian brand cymbal that my son put on my classic Slingerland drum set. It was different from what I have used during my years playing drums. I noticed it and liked the way the sound reverberated. What if I couldn’t hear those sounds? I was scared.
Nevertheless, I made a choice to conquer that nights run and finish strong. At the halfway point, a powerful song came on. I took the opportunity to embrace the song's message and be thankful for my blessings. I need to be strong and walk through whatever this is.
I did finish strong on that Thursday Fun Run and had a personal record (PR) on one part of this route. That’s not saying much because I define slow, but that’s OK. I embrace slow.
My goal in this commentary is to encourage others in their challenges. As I do that, I also am encouraged. People are facing all kinds of life-threatening health, personal and business problems. This is life. Consider what encourages you during these seasons. Is it music, connecting with a friend, doing something physical, praying?
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It’s been a challenging season, not knowing what was happening with my hearing. I’m happy to report however that after some nasty steroid treatments, my hearing is coming back. There is a ringing, and my hearing is still not quite right, but I am optimistic about a positive outcome.
There are no easy answers when the storms of life come. We just need to hang on and wait until the sun comes out.
© 2017 Jeff Solomon, MAS