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The Things We Take for Granted

Diane Dutchin

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Have you ever had the wrong impression about something or someone? I can see the heads nodding! We all have and will throughout our lifetime, it is just a part of life. We turn on the tap an automatically expect cold or hot water to flow and if cold water comes out of the hot water tap, we react as if there was a grave emergency of sorts, which would paralyze us from washing the dishes or food in cold water. Yikes!!

Be forewarned that if you have an upcoming MRI appointment, do not read any further!

A few days ago I had to get an MRI done - I'm all good; thank God, but as I prepared myself mentally for this experience I recall seeing this machine on TV and on the internet and it appears as spacious and quite comfortable. I thought the experience would be like taking a ride in a space ship that never leaves the ground.

Recall the saying “things are never what they appear to be"? I arrived and was given a beauty of a two-piece golden brown garment to wear and was lead into the MRI room. Upon seeing the machine I thought I was really going to go for a nice ride - it was cool; that is until I looked closer and realized that the size of the hole that I was going to be fitted into was well, not at all spacious. The cute MRI operator told me that this was going to be the most peaceful 30 min I'll have all day. He even offered me my choice of music so I donned my headset and settled in for a peaceful aha moment. Then a beeper to hold in case I needed to use it! And that was after I was strapped in! Red flag!

Reality quickly set in when I realized that there was no room to move, especially when I was told to lie still for 30 whole min. Are you crazy? Cutie left the room and the table I was lying on moved into the body tight tunnel - I could hear the operator's voice “are you OK" Ah, will this table slide in any further?" No! Liar, liar pants on fire!!

Within those 30 min I had to pull on every positive mentally stimulating picture to get my mind far far away from the present moment. I did my best to be in a field of beautiful flowers, running, skipping just moving and enjoying the space.

Kinda reminded me of being in relationships that have been long dead, but we hang on thinking, hoping, praying; when the only thing that is happening is the tightening of our muscles, cramping, and jitters which kills our joy and ultimately keeps us confined and prisioners in our own lives.

Bottom line is - I didn't realized how claustrophobic I was until that moment, and how much I enjoy movement, space and the wonderful ability to move my limbs which I didn't really understood until the journey into the MRI machine. So take a moment and regardless of how tired your lovely limbs are; be thankful for the freedom to move! Live a free life in every possible way, enjoy the journey it is a precious gift!

I am are the music, the song, and the dance. My life is the whatever expression I choose to give it. I decide how fulfilled or not I'm going to be; my faith or lack thereof, the positive or negative attitude I decide on embracing or rejecting. I am given “today" to live, so I'm going to give it my all and live the best I can for today.


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