The Learning Never Stops


This one belongs in the category of bizarre…

This April just past, I’ve gone thirteen years on the planet without legs. That’s a long time; and during that time, I’ve figured out some stuff. A few days ago though, on my way back from Montreal where I spoke to a group from London Life, I got a good lesson in how the learning really does never end…

It’s always bugged me, sitting on aeroplanes, that because the seats are reclined a little, when I need to reach forward (to grab the in-flight magazine, change the movie channel, whatever) I need to kind of throw myself forward to do it. Kind of a one, two, three, go move where you need to overcome that little bit of gravity hoodling you back in the seat.

For some reason, as I was about to do that yesterday, I stopped; and thought…

Why do I need to do this?
How come people without legs don’t need to do this?
How did I lean forward when I had legs?

So, acting as if I had legs, I tensed up what is left of my quads to pushed my thighs down into the seat; pushed down, and lo and behold, sat up with about 10% of the effort I’ve been using to do the same move for the past thriteen years!

It was so obvious, I can’t believe I didn’t see it a decade ago. But then again, I can…

So often we miss the obvious. So often the solution is right there under our noses, or in this case, under my thighs.

Remember; it’s not what you see, but how you see that determines your reality.

Mine just got a little easier…


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