Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Attitude Check: Dealing with temporary setbacks

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Last night, I got to spend a little time in the emergency room.  I was heading down some steps, with a glass in my hand, turned awkwardly and slipped.  Apparently, I tried to catch myself with the hand that was holding the glass.  It shattered and drove a broken shard into the spot between my palm and pinky.  The result was 5 stitches and an evening off from working out.

The funny thing was, as I am sitting there in hospital waiting to get seen, all I was thinking was, “I hope I can get out of here quickly so I can get home and work out”.  My thoughts of working out that night were dashed because, by the time I got my prescription for an antibiotic filled and got some dinner in me, it was almost 10pm and my hand was throbbing.  But, I was still proud of one thing: I knew that this was only a minor setback and I would be able to get back to my routine soon.  That a far different attitude than I had with my last injury.  The last time I hurt my hand, I let it take me out of the game for months, though it was entirely unnecessary.

So, yeah, it stinks that I hurt my hand. But, I am going to do a standing yoga routine tonight, some running tomorrow and, this Friday, I should be able to do some weight-bearing exercises on my hand.  With luck, about week from now, this should all be a bad memory.

All it took was a little attitude check.

JP Smith
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