So, I have a tale to tell. It’s funny and embarrassing but I’m going to tell you anyway for a good reason.
I woke up in the early morning hours. My hand was throbbing. I felt it with my other hand and realized it was swollen. A lot! I pinched it, didn’t feel a thing.
Now before you think I’m really crazy, during Christmas I cut one of my fingers and it became infected. The finger was really swollen to the point my husband had to cut off the ring that was on that finger. But as I said, I had a cut and it was obviously infected.
So when I realized my hand was swollen, I immediately wondered if I had done the same thing again. I felt my hand for a cut somewhere. There wasn’t one. I was sure I would end up in the emergency room. The pain was throbbing and intense.
I decided to check the rest of my arm.
At our library (stay with me here), the staff wraps the books in white paper and then secures it with a rubber band. In case you didn’t know, it’s a privacy issue and it makes a lot of sense. A great deal can be learned by knowing what kinds of books people read. So this is how our library handles this privacy issue.
Well, I always put the rubber band on my wrist while I check out the books.
You know where this is headed, don’t you? I had left it there and completely “forget aboud’ it”. (Think an Italian accent.)
I had even double-wrapped the rubber band on my wrist. I guess, it took that long for my hand to swell. I hadn’t noticed a thing. I took the rubber band off and my hand was back to normal in about an hour. My husband howled but can I say, he wasn’t surprised. I’ve been known to do things like this.
But you know what I was thinking once I realized the cause and took off the rubber band?
I was thinking about how it was such a good example of how we approach so much in life. We never think of the simplest answer first. And it’s usually the simple answer that’s right.
We can complicate our lives so much; we think figuring it out has to be complicated as well.
For example, if you want to “do” your life differently, look at how you spend your time first. It’s that simple. Spend less time doing the things that don’t bring God or you joy and more time on the things that do.
Instead of looking for that elusive medical answer to your issues, take stock of your health habits first. If you’re tired all the time, take stock of your eating habits. Are you exercising daily? What about your mental habits? How are you talking to yourself? All of these and more affect our physical health.
Always look to the simplest answer for everything first. The old adage, KISS (keep it simple, stupid) still works although there should be a better word for “stupid”, maybe “silly”?
Alway look for the obvious.
Jesus never delivered a complicated, or long sermon. They were short and to the point. He never complicated anyone’s life with deep dialogue although we can and should delve into His teachings deeper as we grow spiritually.
So, as you go about your life today, think about my rubber band. Do you have a rubber band in your life that is robbing you of your life’s blood supply? Is that rubber band causing anxiety for you because you won’t take it off?Tweet
The rubber band is any emotion, habit, action, etc that you continue to engage in with no clue why. And trust me, we think and do most things in our life robotically, seldom asking ourselves “Why”?
Why do you feel the way you do?
Why do you do the thing you do?
What do you need to do differently?
It really isn’t complicated but it is complex. But you’ll figure it out if you “keep it simple, silly.” I did and I’m no smarter or more enlightened than you as clearly indicated by the rubber band incident.
Have a great and simple day and God bless.
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