A few weeks ago I posted an article about practicing gratitude even in the storm of discomfort and suffering. That article was precipitate by a nine-month sports injury and finally surgery. I am currently in the recovery mode with physical therapy twice weekly. I hope to get the bright shiny heavy-gage stainless steel pin sticking out of the end of my second toe removed in one week from this writing. I am in and will remain confined to a downhill ski-like orthotic boot for who knows how long! As with my last article, I am in no way trying to whine or reach out for sympathy. This simply serves as a metaphor for life.
I would like to draw your attention to my Godzilla of an orthotic boot. It works! It immobilizes my foot so I don’t mess up the pin in my toe. It also immobilizes my ankle, shin, and calf muscles. It is completely stiff, just like the old ski boots. It also has a thick and elevated ridged “sole”. While this is very good for my right foot, it means I am about an inch taller on my right side than my left. To compensate I have a “crampon” type lift-device to give me more elevation on my left leg.
Unfortunately I am still about ½ inch lower on my left side rather than my right. Big deal, right? Well as it turns out that ½ inch is a big deal. Shifting me out of balance has created an enormous amount of hip pain, which even the most robust pain medications hardly touch. Fortunately my very talented physical therapist did some adjustments, which had a profoundly positive difference.
This experience has made me think about all the micro differences in our lives that have the potential to make profound differences:
Then what about those “only slightly important” decisions we make which can also deliver profound consequences:
There are many ways to loose our balance whether physically, emotionally, spiritually, or socially. We usually know when the large imbalances occur but the more subtle imbalances can be just as profound…even if it is only ½ inch.
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