In Honor of My Left Hand

In-honor-of-my-left-hand-001-300x300May 15, 2010

I have recently come to know my left hand better.  It kind of happened by accident—a bike accident to be specific.  A bike accident that happened because someone wasn’t paying attention and opened his pick-up door as I was passing by, to be more specific.  So, I broke my right hand, which is how it goes since I’m right-handed, but this misfortune has forced me to pay attention to parts of me that I take for granted.  That’s why I am dedicating this post to my left hand.

It was there for me, loyal and steadfast in my time of need.  I now realize that it’s been there for me all along, waiting to serve lovingly, willing to be leaned on.  All I needed to do was ask.  Isn’t that true for so much in Life?

In honor of my left hand, I’d like to leave you with a few of the lessons it has taught me.  May they come in handy for you too…

1.  (index finger):  Pay attention

Especially when opening car doors. (I just want you to know that’s coming from my right hand!)  The lesson from my left one is about paying attention to the less dominant side of us.  Before the accident, I would never have picked up a pen with my left hand, let alone write the alphabet.  Now, my lefty penmanship is actually legible—I’d even venture to say more than most doctors’ scribbles—although I must admit, I’m back to sticking my tongue out (a former trait from my wee years when learning something new).  So, all I’m saying is give your gently-less-used side more attention.  Here are a few suggestions that might help you come to know your other side better:

  • Write the alphabet (print and cursive).
  • Lead with your other foot when putting on pants or shoes.
  • Hold your fork (and you thought using chopsticks was hard?).
  • Stand on one leg.
  • Brush your teeth.

2.  (birdie finger):  Go slow

Let me tell you, you don’t have much choice when you can’t use your main ‘squeeze’.  And, you know, it’s not such a bad thing.  Going slow helps you master the art of being present and patient.  I found that if I just took a few deep breaths and focused, my left hand was able to open a can lid, or make a pony tail, and if I slowed down and concentrated even more (tongue out), I could even write with it.  Next time you’re stressed or frustrated, my left hand suggests it’s not worth flipping over … just breathe and go slow.

3.  (wedding ring finger):  Take nothing for granted

It seems we don’t think or care much about a lot of things until they’re gone.  Things like health, energy, and mobility, for instance.  Luckily, there are back-ups we can depend on, such as left hands and spouses, so it all works out.  But, by not taking anything for granted we can greet each moment with the grace of gratitude and faith.  It frees us to worry less and appreciate more.

4.  (pinky finger):  Just ask

My left hand agrees (with its whole heart of palm) on the wise advice of writer, Marjorie Holmes, “I learned that simply to ask a blessing upon one’s circumstances, whatever they are, is somehow to improve them, and to tap some mysterious source of energy and joy.”  The door to an abundance of blessings is waiting and willing to open up for us.  All we need to do is ask with a grateful heart.

So, I ask that you are blessed with the same hope, joy and gratitude my left hand has given me.

About Annette Cain

Annette Cain is an award-winning author, endurance athlete and certified personal trainer.

Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

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