Seems like these days, my daily/weekly/monthly self-themes are things like “don’t give up” and “keep on smiling” and “onward and upward.” So I guess it wasn’t a huge surprise when I gave myself a “whack” from the Creative Whack Pack iPhone app that the card presenting itself was entitled “Be Persistent.” How right in line with my other regular recurring themes these days. You’d think the Universe had planned it or something.
But wait, first a little background on the Creative Whack Pack, in case you aren’t familiar with it: It’s a deck of 62 cards that’s billed as a “creativity tool” and is designed by the author, Roger von Oech, to give you a little nudge or a big “hey there” or even a whack when you need a little extra something to get that creativity flowing again about whatever it is you’re up against, whether it’s a decision you’re having to make, a direction you might want to take your day in, or just a little shove to get you over a hump you’ve been trying to get over. Back in the days when I owned a coffee shop, I kept a deck of these cards on a side table where I encouraged everyone to pick a card and get their Whack of the day while they waited for me to make their lattes or cappuccinos. It made for some great conversations, I can tell you.
So back to today.
The Creative Whack Pack iPhone app is more comprehensive than the deck of Whack cards: for one thing, there are twenty more cards. Yes, that’s 82 whacks you can get every day. If you want to do them all in one day, that is. The app also has what’s called the Creativity Workshops, where you can “select an issue” (either write your own in or have the app pick one for you) and the app will then choose a card from each of the four “suits” to help you creatively solve your issue. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, yes, it really is just that simple.
I’ve had the deck of cards for about 8 years and the app (which is only available for iPhone) for about 3 years; when I remember to, I choose a card and see what it relates to, or even IF it relates to, anything going on in my life at the moment. Invariably, it does. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion; I don’t know. But I do know that today’s card, Be Persistent, is certainly right up my proverbial alley right now. I mean, check out that last sentence on the card, will you? “You’re likely to get knocked down a few times. When that happens, get up.” Hey. Do they know me or something?
Want me to pick a Whack from the deck for you? Let me know… and I’ll send you a Whack!
Persistence for me these days looks like my right hand and arm are in constant motion, no matter where I am, stretching, bending, wiggling, moving, tweaking. I’m determined to get some range of motion back into my wrist and for each day that goes by, the possibility of that happening goes down dramatically. If I don’t get it back in the next couple of weeks or so, my wrist will “freeze up” in the position it’s in and I won’t be able to get my fork into my mouth without some strange body contortions to make sure the food doesn’t fall off the utensil on its way to my mouth. I can tell the mobility progress has already slowed down significantly and actually, it freaks me out just a little to consider that this may be all I get. Well, okay, according to the orthopedic surgeon and the hand therapist, I’ll get just a tad more if I keep working at it, but they also tell me that the majority of the movement comes back in the first thirty days, which was six weeks ago. So yes, I’m a little freaked out.
Yes, I know, I know.
I’m hanging in there, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, I’m remaining positive. I know. I really do. But I also know that the prospect of this being all the mobility I get out of my wrist for the rest of my life is setting a little heavy on my mind right now. I’m persistently stretching my tendons and stuff. I’m persistently doing my hand exercises. I’m persistently keeping my head in today and doing my best not to let it rest in the freak-out that consistently tries to settle into the little voice in my head. Truly, I am. I’m being persistently persistent. Or something like that.
I haven’t done much writing in the past few months because so much of what’s in my head seems to be focused on making it through one day at a time, and sometimes one moment at a time. I finally have a few days’ break from all the doctors and tests that have seemingly consumed my life lately (thank you, holidays! the docs are taking time off to be with their families!) so I think it’s time to get caught up on a few stories. I’ve been promising some people that I’d post pics and stuff about the surgery so I’ll be doing that soon, and I also have made a Big Move (well, a big move for me…) and I’d like to write that story, too. I’m now motivated to see if I can play some catch-up on you all!
Thank you all for being my readers and for all your thoughts and prayers and healing energies sent my direction over the past few months. I know each and every one of you is in my corner with me and I love you for it. If I could, I would give a big hug to each of you. So instead, find someone to give you a hug from me, and then give them one back for helping me out with the hugs. We all could use more hugs, right?
I wish you a peaceful Season of Days – Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, Ramadan, St. Lucia Day, Festivus, Oatmeal Muffin Day, Boxing Day, Whatever-You-Celebrate Day. It’s a wonderful time of the year and with all these holidays in December, I’m hoping we all can find something to celebrate. Or, hehehe, if you’re like me, try to celebrate as many as you can possibly fit into your schedule.
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Alone or lonely during the holidays? I’ve spent some holiday seasons alone but I don’t think I’ve ever been lonely. I enjoy being with myself – I don’t “feel bad” when I see families out celebrating together or couples enjoying each other’s company – and I think that might be the reason why I don’t feel lonely. As long as I like being with me, I’ll always have someone with me that likes the same things I do, eats the same food I like, enjoys the same movies, etc. Does that mean I don’t sometimes wish I had someone to share things with? Of course I do. But if not, I’ll share with me. If you’re alone this season and feeling lonely or depressed, I hope you’ll take advantage of Google and see if there’s something out there on the internet that might give you some ideas to help you make it through the next couple of weeks. Or go ahead and CLICK HERE for some ideas – it’s a place to start.