As some of you may know, I have had laryngitis for the past month.
This has created a number of challenges, from day-to-day activities like phone calls with clients to not being able to ask a question at the supermarket because they cannot hear me!
As I have been waiting to be seen by a specialist to check out my vocal cords, I have been adapting my business to “roll with the punches.” Since I am unable to speak, I’ve been “chatting” in Facebook and Google instant messages with clients. I have also employed a Skype “chat” where the other person talks and I type my responses. Trust me, it’s not ideal but it has been supporting me through this challenging time.
I have also been keeping those I trust and those who lift me up especially close during this challenging time. It is their strength and love and prayers that give me strength to persevere.
Many people have shared different theories on what may be causing my laryngitis, and what I need to do to “fix it.” I’ve tried so many things that I’m to the point I don’t want to hear another one!
I’ve also learned that some people have had what I would consider a “shallow” reaction to my ‘condition,’ avoiding me as if they think I have some sort of contagious pathogen. I’ve taken the opportunity to have a laugh about that.
I have been working with a friend, mentor and client, Stacey Hall, who wrote a book called Chi-To-Be! Achieving Your Ultimate B-All and there are 2 things she shares in her book that have stuck with me most during these last several weeks:
1. I am dealing with this situation my way, any way that I can.
2. I am only accountable to myself–I may have responsibilities in other places, however, accountability lies with me.
I find that I am listening, and hearing so very much. So much so that you’ll probably see a future blog post on it. 🙂
As I write this post, I realize that this all may be directly tied to the fact that I have given “voice” to my book project, which I talked about a few weeks ago.
Hmmm. Interesting. I sit and listen and ponder.