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Connected Compassion

"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete."- Buddha

I am an active individual to put it mildly. With five children, two businesses, and volunteer work, my level of "busy" is off the chart most days. Which is why it was highly inconvenient to have unexpectedly and unexplainably thrown my back out, leaving me practically useless. It may have been set off by a vigorous tennis match earlier in the week, or by adding some crunches to my exercise routine, or by simply lifting my seventeen plus pound baby, or all of the above, but I can't pinpoint any obvious cause. All I know is that on Friday afternoon my lower back was sore and by Saturday morning I couldn't get out of bed without help. This was terribly frustrating because my weekend was full of plans. I was supposed to watch a tennis match Saturday morning and spend the rest of the afternoon planning and planting our Fal