Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We need both of our hsnds

I discovered that we take a lot for granted in life.

For example; our 10 fingers and two hands.

I happened to be in the wrong place at the right time Saturday and ended up with a dislocated pinkie finger and broken hand.

Did you ever think about what you use your hand and fingers for?

I will just list a few of the most obvious to me through my experience:

Getting dressed: buttons, claps, hook and eyes
Taking a shower: ever try washing your hair with one hand? or soaping your body?
Doing dishes
Opening mail
Opening jars and lids

. . . but the two most important are writing and typing; yes, it was my writing hand! I feel like a part of me has been cut off. I love to journal but my journal sits silent right now. I love to blog, but it takes 10 times longer with one hand. and, my email stack will only grow as I am always behind anyway.

Last week after Occidental Square I heard the Lord calling Missio Lux to rest.

Well, I guess he was serious with me because I am now in "enforced rest." Yesterday, I was able to enjoy the abiding Jesus invites us to experience with him as I sat outside in a gorgeous, record breaking day in Seattle. My spirit and soul soared even as my hand ached in pain.

I choose to embrace this period in my life of helplessness as I identify with the multitude of disabled around us who suffer daily with not being able to carry out the simple things of life. I will keep you posted on my journey.

If you have a physical challenge, what is it and how did it change your life?
What are some coping mechanisms that you have discovered?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So Tamara what I am reading here is a great tie in with your Friday blog about how all members of the body are so essential - even a pinkie. I'm smiling about the resting part. - Laurie