A friend told me this weekend that the universe was whispering to me and I wasn't listening, so clearly, it had to begin screaming. And screaming it is. As in lower back pain that... Just. Keeps. Coming. Back. No pun intended. Today I learned what the problem is and I will begin physical therapy this week. Luckily it is not too serious and it is manageable. I also learned that I will likely not be able to return to the type of workouts that I have done for years and years. The ones that work. But the truth is, I haven't been able to do them for months because they keep making my back worse. ...whispers. So now, I rest and start with something new. I have to admit, the rest part is a little bit of a relief. I have to find a way to get my mojo back. Not just in working out, but overall. I feel like I have been off my game. Trying to juggle and manage so many things that none of them are done well. ...whispers. Maybe that is why we all love the change of seasons so much. A chance for a mini fresh start. It seems like such a silly little change, a fall mantel, but it is one of my favorite things. This year, I kept it really simple. Candles, pumpkins, leaves from a tree outside and four galvanized roof panels. I think taking the time to decorate for the season forces us to slow down, at least a little bit, and listen. So I enter this first part of fall with a lesson learned. Listen a little bit more to the whispers before they start to scream. Take care of ourselves. What about you? What whispers have you been pushing down? Thanks so much for reading.