After years of putting it off, I finally had all four wisdom teeth removed over the weekend. When prompted by my dentist (again) this Spring, I could have made excuses for further delay, but I instead decided to take advantage of the extra space in the summer calendar to schedule the procedure.
When I informed my mother of my plans, she offered to travel to town and help entertain the babe while I rested and recovered. I insisted it wasn't necessary, but because I enjoy her company (and the babe adores her) I didn't say no.
Thankfully there were no complications, and I was back home within an hour of the scheduled surgery. Other than needing to ice my jaw and care for the extraction site, my recovery was a passive process. I would have been perfectly capable of making dinner, playing with the babe, and going about our usual weekend activities. But instead of plugging through routine, I was able to rest, read, and recuperate while the babe was whisked away for visits to museums and the farmers market, lunch out on the town, and time at the park. As a result, she enjoyed a special treat rather than being inconvenienced by her mama's discomfort.
From time to time, we experience small disturbances we CAN power through, but if we allow ourselves to accept the offer of help, the experience can be improved for us and our loved ones.
Is there an appointment, project, or event on the horizon with which you could benefit from assistance? Can you allow yourself to say "yes" and reap the rewards?