One worn knee
I have recently noticed that all the pants I wear for substitute teaching are worn thin at the right knee. Two pairs even have small rips in them now. It took me a little while to realize that my right knee is always the knee I put down when I get down to look a child in the face (which can be many times a day).
Once I became aware of it I tried to be conscious of putting my left knee down. Can’t do it. Well, I can, but it feels weird, so I switch back to the right knee. Could I force myself to stay on the left knee? Sure I could. It would certainly help my pants last longer. We’re talking about pants here though, and while I will have to replace three pairs of work pants this year I really don’t want to put the effort into trying to teach myself to put my left knee down. In the grand scheme of things, it just doesn’t seem that important.
However… there are things that people do, automatically or without really realizing it, that would be worth the effort to try and change. Some of these things deal with physical health, mental health, and even the treatment of others.
How many people do you know who automatically
• reach for a cigarette, one after another
• grab a soda, instead of water
• reach for an unhealthy snack because they are reading, or bored
• complain about their life
• find the negative in a situation
• use a condescending tone of voice
• sound irritated or angry
• or any other number of things
The way we treat ourselves, and others, can be damaging. Some of us need to think about the things we do, or ask a close friend or relative if they have noticed things we may be doing, without even realizing it, that could be harmful. There may be people who don’t have anything to be concerned about. Lucky them! There may also be people who need to concentrate on changing some things, so that they can live a better, longer, life. Which one are you?
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*