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What I See From Here, A Matter of Perspective

What I see from here may be different from what you see from there.  It is a simple difference in perspective or is it?  I was on your side once upon a time and then things started to change.  It happened initially to me a little bit at a time.  It “snuck up” on me.  I used to say to myself that as I matured if I had to choose between losing my mind and losing my body, I would choose my physical capabilities.  Be careful what you ask for you might get it.

English: dGEMRIC T1 map of knee cartilage

English: dGEMRIC T1 map of knee cartilage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It started out when I began having “cold feet” and then I got “weak in the knees.”  I found the cause of the knee problem.  X-rays showed that both knees were bone on bone.  That means there was no cartilage left.  Cartilage  greases the works so to speak in your knees. This was eventually followed by knee replacement surgery in both knees.

Til this day I am not 100% sure that I have found the cause of the “cold feet.”  I doctored with more than one neurologist with no results before I also began losing the feeling in my fingers and began dropping things.  Of course,  according to everyone else, I was just clumsy and should have been more careful.

cervical and lumbar regionslarge_cervical_lumbarTo make a long story, short, I went to a hand doctor (who I would highly recommend) who referred me to yet another neurologist who made the correct diagnosis from an MRI.  A little more than six months later, I had immediate (?) neck surgery because my spinal cord was pinched (causing both my feet and hand problems) which would have led to my becoming a quadriplegic if I had not been successfully operated on.

All this explains why what I see from here is different from what you see from there.  It’s a matter of perspective.  What made me think about this was “running” out to the car this evening to get some medicine I had left in the car, I looked at the three or four feet of gravel drive I had to cross before getting to the back steps and realized it was not quite as daunting as it was a year or so ago.  Now that three or four feet might not appear like the continental divide to you; but it did to me a year or so ago.


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Just Do It!

Just do it!  Get more done.  There are two roadblocks to successfully getting things done.  One is not having the things at hand to do the task.  The other is being a perfectionist.just do it

I always have a good reason to not, “Just do it.”  I can justify forever not doing something because I don’t have what I need to do things with.  There are two ways to approach this problem:  1. Make a list of what you need to help do the task and take the list with you when you go shopping and get those things.  2. If you already have what you need to do the task, go get the things from wherever they are that are needed to do it and get started.   That takes care of the primary excuse I usually have which is that I don’t have right in front of me whatever I need.

One thing that is a major problem that gets in the way of my telling myself, To just do it”  is lollygagging.  When it comes to wanting to do the thing right, I can procrastinate forever.  It also doesn’t help that there are controlling people in my life who will welcome the chance to criticize my choice whatever it is.  It is always easier to criticize something after the fact than to figure out how to do it in the first place.

Why did you take so long to just do it? When you do get it done, you may wonder why you did without it so long.  The time spent procrastinating, could have been spent enjoying the end product.  I just put up a new picture of my granddaughter where I can see it when I write.  If I had procrastinated any longer, she could have grown up before I got it done.Just-Do-It-Now

One final thing you can do to help you to just do it is to write down what you have accomplished.  Nothing is too small to put on the list.  We often fail to do this because we say to ourselves that wasn’t anything great that I did.  Yet somebody had to do it, it took time, and somebody will enjoy the results.  For example, take unloading and loading the dishwasher.  You were not doing nothing at the time; you were doing something.

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