I learned a valuable lesson as a result of an unfortunate bike accident this week. Isn’t it funny how there are some lessons that can’t be learned any other way than from hard knocks (literally).Lol.
This past week has been a challenge as I’ve had to get used to doing things with one hand. Little did I know just how much my right hand depended on its silent partner, my left hand.
Why, just typing this post has been an effort. You try typing with just one hand. What about pulling up your pants, or tying your shoes? Everyday task take more thought and concentration, and it takes much longer.
I don’t say these things to complain, but just to make an observation. It’s easy to underestimate the importance of the parts of the body that don’t get a lot of attention. If asked which is most vital, would anyone say their pinky or ring finger? Probably, not.
Little did I realize how important my left hand is to my right performing routine tasks. Something as simple as writing on a piece of paper is challenging when I’m not holding it in place with my left hand.
Removing a cap from a bottle is hard when you have to grip it with only one hand. Because I’m right-handed, I never took into consideration how much my left hand did.
So what, you say? I think we do that with people sometimes, too. It’s pretty easy to notice those that always have something to say. They’re outgoing or clever, so they get more attention.
But, behind the scenes are the quiet ones who are often the driving force of any given task. They do their job never asking for applause or recognition. They’re diligent and steadfast, and can always be counted on.
I bet you know someone like that. They might be a co-worker, friend, or family member. Take time to thank them for all they do when no one is looking.
Thank them for all the times they pick up the slack, and you didn’t even notice, and be quick to lend them a hand.