"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sometimes It's Not What You Do, It’s the Way You Do It

By Micky Wolf
The What.

The first time it happened—a wrenching, breath-taking, fiery arc of heat across the lower back—was several years ago. I was clearing away the decorations, ornaments, and empty Christmas gift boxes from the holidays, storing them in lightweight plastic tubs for another year. By any stroke of the imagination, none of these items could be considered  heavy.

The Way.

Working in a small corner of our basement, I twisted and turned with each stack, transferring an armload at a time. Twisting. Turning. Time after time after time.

Awaking the next morning, I moved to get out of bed, only to realize I was in excruciating pain.

Much groaning later, three prescriptions filled, and heating pad on high, I collapsed on the sofa where I spent the better part of the next four days. Diagnosis: sprained back affecting the sciatica.

Obviously, I lived to tell about it.

On the other hand, you’d have thought I remembered what happened that day. Nope. Over a span of time, the memory of the lesson learned had faded into the bits and pieces of other life experiences.

The What.

About ten days ago my beloved and I were back in the same basement, packing and stacking boxes of stuff that belong to our daughter and family who are moving into their first home. Although heavier than the aforementioned Christmas items, we’d made sure they were easy for ourselves and the volunteer helpers to carry.

The Way.

Awaking the morning following a productive few days of work, I moved to get out of bed, only to realize I was in excruciating pain. From the bottom of my shoulders to mid-point on my legs, it felt as if someone had slammed me with a sledge-hammer.

With my beloved to lean on, we dragged me to the nearest urgent care facility. Diagnosis? 

The kind doctor shook his head. “Sprained back, affecting the sciatica. Repeated twisting and turning will do that, even if the stuff wasn’t heavy.”

The Outcome.

One of the most one of the most important lessons any us will ever learn—about a lot of things—is to understand the importance of taking care in the way we conduct ourselves.

It’s not about completing a task…it’s the way we go about it.

It’s not about asking someone to help…it’s the way we make our needs known.

It’s not about getting to the finish line first…it’s the way we run the race.

It’s not about winning an award…it’s the way we get to the podium.

It’s not about raising perfect children…it’s the way we model good behavior.

It’s not about how many times we say we love another…it’s the way we demonstrate that love in word and deed.

Now, days later and able to sit in an upright position pain free, I shall endeavor, by the grace of God and abiding my own common sense, to apply this to all aspects of my life.


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