I broke my wrist last week - tripped over my slippers, letting our new puppy out for a wee at 2.30am. Heigh-ho, a silly accident. I am so thankful all the wonderful NHS staff at Southmead Hospital who looked after me.
So that’s me in plaster for four to six weeks. With a young puppy in the house as well, I'll need to lower my expectations - and my vanity - for a while, slow down a fair bit, settle for looking a bit scruffier and just enjoy these early puppy weeks. It’ll do me the power of good - in fact, I think perhaps it was meant to be.
I’m very lucky I didn’t fall on my dominant hand, but of course I need to be careful; I can’t do some things at all - frustrating and a nuisance. But I’ve been amazed how quickly I’ve been able to devise new ways to button shirts, pull up trousers, handle laundry, turn taps and jar lids - you name it.
This is such a great reminder that we do most things the same way every day, over and over, paying little attention to how we’re doing them until forced to do otherwise.
In fact, until forced to do otherwise, it can prove incredibly hard to change the way we do things. This is dispiriting if you're suffering with tension, stiffness and soreness because of the way you’re doing things.
We are wondrously adaptable creatures and capable of so much! But we’re also paradoxically self-limiting creatures, because our desire to do things the way we’re used to - whether sitting, walking or anything else - is often far stronger than our desire to change.
This is where Alexander Technique lessons and study can help massively. A teacher will help you successfully override unhelpful movement protocols by preventing you doing things your old way. Once you’ve experienced a new, easier way to move, you can start building on that experience, develop new skills in thinking differently and, over time, move with less and still less effort and tension. Simple, but profoundly powerful. This means you don’t need to settle for getting stuck in your ways as you get older, but remain flexible and adaptable in mind and body. Good, eh?
It may seem odd to say this, but though breaking my wrist is of course a pain in the - wrist - it’s also a great opportunity to practise my own adaptability and flexibility by being forced to do things with greater conscious control. So, in a funny way, this accident will help me do better than before!
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