Silly me! Just when I thought I had that impermanence-thing under control (ha ha), I slipped and fell last night walking from car to front door. Ouch! A few scrapes, that was all. Over the next few hours the pain intensified and I took myself to Emergency in the middle of the night: tiny fractures in the left hand; temporary splint, in line for a CT-scan sometime later this week. Codeine to see my into lala-land.
Note to self: Everything changes! Certain things won’t get done. Familiar and automatic movements will be difficult or impossible to do. Your body is made of fragile materials. Pay attention where you go.
Impermanence is good news. Without impermanence, nothing would be possible. With impermanence, every door is open for change. Impermanence is an instrument for our liberation. Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen teacher.
In the great scheme of things, taking one hand out of the equation is a minor inconvenience. Consider your own plans for today, all the things just have to get done. A thousand things could happen to you and your family and friends today to interfere with hopes and expectations. Time to kneel and kiss the ground, to paraphrase Rumi; to pause, reflect, and be grateful.
p.s. good news: went for a CT-scan, have two avulsion fractures in the left wrist which, according to Dr. Google, are common in athletes. See you at the Olympics!
image: learnenglish.de (top); x-ray of normal wrist.