I was frustrated at myself in Taekwondo class last week.
This problem with my heel/toe/calf is making it extremely hard to properly execute my patters because I can hold my leg in the right position. And because I can’t put my leg in the right spot, my hands for get what to do. And then I end up facing the wrong direction and…so on.
I was feeling especially annoyed because I wanted to be preparing for my next belt test but this injury is really slowing my progress.
I’m the midst of all that annoyance, I had a flash of insight.
My physical practice is pretty limited right now but I could be studying my TKD theory. I could be practicing how to describe my patterns and how to teach them. I could be watching videos and observing technique.
But, instead of doing all of that work that is freely available to me, I had been focusing on the one thing that wasn’t available to me right now.
Once I had broken that spell, I started to see all the other ways I had been letting my toe/heel/calf pain get in my way.
I’ve been able to walk each day but a lot of other cardio exercises aggravate my heel so I have been largely avoiding them.
When I started thinking in terms of what I *could* do instead of what I couldn’t, I remembered the seated cardio I did after an injury a few years back. I did a quick search on YouTube and have the one below a try – I really enjoyed it.
I haven’t turned into Merry Sunshine. I’m still annoyed about my toe/heel/calf but I feel good about this change in focus. it better for my brain and for my body.
Have you benefitted from a chance in focus like this?
How did it play out for you?
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My work is with people after traumatic injury. Focusing on what you can do and on what you have is an important key to recovery.
Thanks for reading and thanks for reinforcing this idea for me. 🙂
I appreciate your input!
Thank you! I needed to hear this reminder today. I’ve been wallowing in the “what I can’t do” mindset for too long. I have bilateral knee replacements, with arthritis in my big toe and hip. A hip replacement is in my future. I can’t jump, run, or do any contact sports for now on, but I CAN do swimming, some skiing, bike riding, and some dancing. I’m also learning that I like lifting weights.
Oh, that’s a lot of things to deal with, getting overwhelmed and getting stuck in ‘can’t’ makes perfect sense.
I’m glad to have offered you something helpful today and I’m especially glad that you have so many options despite the challenges you are facing.
Wishing you ease!
That clip is fab- good on her- thank you for sharing- and good work on changing your attitude!
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