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?