What injuring my wrist has taught me

Recently I injured the wrist on my dominant hand. It was nothing severe but enough to warrant the use of a brace for about a week. The healing process was not difficult, but it offered some unique challenges. Through these challenges I learned some unexpected lessons that I want to share with you today.

We tend to think of ourselves and other humans as creatures of habit, meaning that while we cherish spontaneity we often follow the same patterns day in and day out. These patterns are hard to form but once crystallized are even harder to break.
What does this have to do with my wrist? It just so happened this injury occurred at a time in my life where I was starting to realize I could be in a better place if I had better habits. These habits, as mentioned earlier, were proving difficult to change. But I was about to get some unsolicited (but not unappreciated) help from my situation.
There is a blog I will hunt down and link here that talks about changing habits. The article says the easiest way to change your habits is to prime the mind with small changes. If you want to quit smoking, change the way you drive home from work. If you want to start an organizational system, order a different coffee than your usual latte.
Essentially what you do is snap your mind out of it’s repetitive cycle by throwing something new in there. It could be as mundane as turning off the radio during the commute or wild as calling in for the next week and hitchhiking old highway 1. This is where I saw the first benefits of my injury.
With my wrist in a brace I had to do things very differently. Driving was awkward, typing was arduous, and even eating was a challenge. This broke my old habitual ways of doing things by forcing me to do things in a new way.

When I first started reading about changing habits and other self improvement topics, there was a very strong negative voice that I still occasionally hear. It mostly says things like “That’s dumb, it’ll never work.” or “You’ve always been like this, you wouldn’t be yourself if you changed. Stick with what you know.” This voice was very effective in it’s aims. I recently thought of how I’ve been exposed to personal development material for the greater majority of my life but I had never fully practiced it because of this constant inner discouragement.
This changed the first day I wore that brace. I sat down to eat dinner and went to pick up my fork with my left (and injured) hand. Feeling immediate dismay, I almost didn’t eat that night. Instead, I followed what will be the advice I emphasize the most in this article,
“Challenge yourself.
It may sound silly to some, but if I hadn’t challenged myself to eat with my opposite hand, I wouldn’t be writing this today. That dinner was fun. Most of all because it was an opportunity to prove that negative voice wrong. At the end of the meal I got to say, “Despite what you think, I can eat with my other hand.” It’s a very satisfying feeling to prove someone wrong, even when that person is yourself.
Starting with the success of that small challenge, I worked up to greater challenges, writing with my opposite hand, driving with my opposite hand, completely restarting a major project mid-semester despite advice to the contrary, and even writing a blog post about personal development. So far I have met these challenges with success, and it has done much but mostly it has helped build a foundation of successes for further positive change.

I think at this point I should stop to talk about the power of the mind, and the human body in general, to change. We often forget that, lacking sharp pointy teeth, thick skin, or wings, we rely on our adaptability to situations as our primary competitive advantage. We change often, we change quickly, and we even change without noticing.
Habits are hard to change simply because they are adaptations to situations we experience frequently. We don’t think about the intricacies of pouring a bowl of cereal because we do it every morning. It’s a habit. If we thought about it every time we would waste energy that could be better used determining how to adapt to instabilities in our surroundings.

The fact is that despite what we may think at times, there is no moment in our lives where don’t have the opportunity to learn. Tom Clancy said, “Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.” This is one of the most important concepts this blog will ever talk about. Nothing is so bad it can’t get better. No one is so dumb they cannot learn. Nothing is over until the weight challenged person who identifies with the female gender belts out a boisterous tune.

This brings us to the next point : The importance of perseverance. I had these “crazy” ideas to do things differently because I had to, but at any point I could have caved to the negative voice and said, “This is dumb. Why am I still doing this?” And sometimes we do. But if we want to achieve our intended goals, we must keep moving.
Do it now, Keep it Moving, There Ain’t No Half Steppin’.

Now before I wrap up I want to touch on two more things. First, it is imperative that you keep the process fun. A bored mind is not an engaged mind, and a mind that is not a part of the process will not benefit from the exercise. For example, when I was writing with my off hand I wrote silly phrases I thought of, or humorous things that were said in class. I made a game out of eating exactly two peas at a time. I did what I could to make sure I enjoyed what I was doing to ensure I would keep doing it. Granted this isn’t always possible. I hate waking up early so that change is one I still dread, but I know that if I keep at it I will find a way to make even that something I look forward to. Early morning swims are the next thing I’ll try.

And lastly remember to express gratitude. It’s hard to imagine thanking your hand for being injured, but I am thankful for all that it brought me. It is very difficult, unless you are already trained in such, to be thankful for mishap, but if you continue to look, I promise you there is always a silver lining that makes everything worth it.
It may just take a bit of creativity to discover it.

What have you done recently to break yourself out of old frame works?
I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.
Especially if you have a way to make early mornings appealing 😉

Be well!

“Hear this or not, as you will. Learn it now, or later — the world has time. Routine, repetition, tedium, monotony, ephemeracy, inconsequence, abstraction, disorder, boredom, angst, ennui — these are the true hero’s enemies, and make no mistake, they are fearsome indeed. For they are real.” –David Foster Wallace

We easily get caught up in our feelings about our experience in life and more often than not we externalize those feelings, because we say it’s the experience making us feel this way. But consider, Our experiences are shaped by our attitudes and beliefs, Our attitudes and beliefs are shaped by our habits, our habits by our repeated actions, and our repeated actions are shaped by our moment to moment choices. If we take a step further we see how a choice in the moment can butterfly effect into drastically changing our lives. And it all starts with doing something different. Even if that act has nothing to do with what you want to change. It jump starts your mind out of a static mindset into a change mindset. So whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, get a raise, find love, change jobs, whatever… Doing something as simple as waking up 30 mins earlier, having a different cereal for breakfast, taking the scenic route to work, or writing all day with your off hand, can prime your mind that things are different and it’s ok. After a few days of this, doing something like running an extra 10 minutes, making small talk with a stranger, or putting off smoking a cigarette til tomorrow (which is genius because there is no tomorrow only today), all the sudden becomes so much easier, because like the “unrelated” changes, it is a minor adjustment.

And big change is composed of minor adjustments.

cancer cures

This shall serve to be a point of reference to direct people when in conversation I say, they have found cures for cancer, and the person replies, I don’t believe it.

http://www.realfarmacy.com/medicinal-herb-destroys-cervical-bladder-pancreatic-and-breast-cancers/

http://www.realfarmacy.com/little-known-chinese-herb-iron-kill-98-of-cancer-cells-in-16-hours/

U.S. Government owns the patent on cannabis
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN%2F6630507&RS=PN%2F6630507

Cannabis kills Tumor cells
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20090845
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/616322
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14640910
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19480992
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15275820
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15638794
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818650
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20307616
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16616335
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16624285
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10700234
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17675107
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14617682
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17342320
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16893424
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15026328

Cannabis Cures Colorectal Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17583570

Cannabis Cures Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic Cancers
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

Cannabis-derived substances in cancer therapy and anti-tumour properties.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20925645

Cannabis Cures Brain Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216

Cannabis Cures Mouth and Throat Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

Cannabis Cures Breast Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454173
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16728591
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9653194

Cannabis Cures Lung Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract

Cannabis Cures Prostate Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15753356
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10570948
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19690545

Cannabis Curse Blood Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594

Cannabis Cures Skin Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19608284

Cannabis Cures Liver Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

Cannabis Cures Cancer in General
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053780
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18199524
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589225
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12182964
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442435
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12723496
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16250836
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17237277

Cannabinoids in intestinal inflammation and cancer: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=22

Cannabis use and cancer of the head and neck: Case-control study: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277494

Cannabis THC at high doses in area, inhibits cholangiocarcinoma cancer: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793?itool=Email.EmailReport.Pubmed_ReportSelector.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=6

Targeting CB2 cannabinoid receptors as a novel therapy to treat malignant lymphoblastic disease
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21115947

marijuana kills cancer cells
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650
** http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16835997

http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

Cannabis Treatment in Leukemia
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15978942
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16754784
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15454482
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16139274
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14692532

Cannabinoids and the immune system.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11854771
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12052046

Cannibas partially/fully induced cell death in Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12130702
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19457575
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18615640
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931597
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18438336
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18387516
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15453094
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19229996
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9771884
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18339876
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12133838
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16596790
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11269508
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15958274
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19425170
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17202146
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11903061
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15451022
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20336665
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19394652
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11106791
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19189659
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16500647
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19539619
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19059457
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16909207
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18088200
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10913156
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18354058
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19189054
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17934890
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16571653
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19889794
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15361550

Cannibus treatment of translocation-positive rhabdomyosarcoma
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19509271

Cannibus Induces apoptosis of uterine cervix cancer cells
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15047233

Cannibus treatment in lymphoma
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18546271
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16936228
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16337199
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19609004

Cannibus kills cancer cells
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818634
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12648025

Cannibus regulator of Neural Cell Development
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16787257

Cannibus treatment of Melanoma
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17065222

Cannibus treatment for Thyroid Carcinoma
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18197164

Cannibus treatment in Colon Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18938775
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19047095

Cannabinoids in intestinal inflammation and cancer.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536

Cannabinoids in health and disease
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18286801

Cannibus a neuroprotective after brain injury
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11586361

Cannibus inhibits Cancer Cell Invasion
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19914218

News Feed #5

Here on out this shall serve less as an edited collection of recommended articles and more as a reference list for articles that caught my eye and I intend to return to later.
I will continue to post a new one weekly, so stay tuned.

How Ignoring Usury Makes Us All Look Like Fools

Blockchain’s Response to Apple

10 weapons Wall Street uses to manipulate you

Banks warned they risk prosecution if they follow Obama admin. guidance on marijuana

European Commission seizes frozen Syrian assets

Global opium and heroin production explodes

5 Economic Collapses That Changed History

The Comcast/Time Warner Merger and the War Between Centralization and Decentralization

How Big Banks Are Cashing In On Food Stamps

California’s New ‘Dust Bowl’: “It’s Gonna Be a Slow, Painful, Agonizing Death” For Farmers

‘Moon rock’ given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is fake

Why Protests And Civil Unrest Are Growing Around The World

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter

Rise of the Termite-BOTS: Harvard Builds a Hive Mind of Their Own

Judge Finds St. Louis, MO’s Red Light Camera Ordinance Invalid, Orders Halt Of Ticket Enforcement

Law Enforcement Officers and DEA Agents Jump Ship to Consult Marijuana Industry

New laser network between NYSE and NASDAQ will allow high-frequency traders to make even more money

Ninth Circuit strikes California’s restrictive rule against licensed carry of handguns

Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a US Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination

President Obama Signs “Minimum Wage Hike” Executive Order

10 Prison Security Techniques Being Implemented on the American People

No Hands! Mind-Controlled Helicopter Flies On Brainwaves

The Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico: Why Is It Not More Newsworthy?

TV Propaganda and the Mind Control Culture

News Feed #4

This will be the first week where I post articles I have not read fully. I apologize, but my time management is not quite up to snuff. I trust the sources I have used but ask that if you find any inconsistencies or other reasons I should pull a story, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Google Overtakes Exxon As Second-Biggest US Company

Violent video games leave teenagers ‘morally immature’, claims study

WaPo Praises The Joy Of Being “Untethered” And “Unleashed” From A Job, The “Freedom” Of Unemployment

News feed #3

Metal band ‘invoices’ US govt for using their music for ‘torture’ in Gitmo

New Google patent suggests automatically sending your videos and photos to law enforcement

‘Deport Justin Bieber’ petition reaches 100,000 signatures, prompting White House response

Why Are Banking Executives In London Killing Themselves?

Physicists say energy can be teleported ‘without a limit of distance’

Brazilian Scientist: Ayahuasca/DMT Can Effectively Treat Cancer

The $15 trillion shadow over Chinese banks

Amid ‘civil war’ talk, Kremlin keeps wary eye on Ukraine

Blood on the Maidan

Are CIA Cyber-Spooks Hacking Americans’ Computers?

Wal-Mart: Food stamp cuts to hit profits

14 alkaline foods and drinks for optimal health

Overstock CEO Slams “Unethical” Krugman; Hopes “Bitcoin Destroys Central Banking”

Arizona Cops shoot and kill unarmed man with his hands in the air

News Feed #2

Today’s news will be heavy on Ukraine, as there is a maelstrom of activity there. Short Version: Responding to refusal to join the EU by Ukraine gov’t, western supported neo-nazi party Svoboda engaged in peaceful pro-EU demonstrations. The Ukranian gov’t responded with brutality sparking what has shown to be a veritable powder keg of popular disapproval. Half of the country is now under the control over the people, with the police and hired thugs (“Tituski”) still fighting for the eastern half. It is unclear at this point whether this is a continuation of western provocation or if this is an organic response from the people to government abuses.

But we’ll start with some good news:

DHS drone crashes into Pacific off Calif. coast
Maybe not good news, but good for a laugh

Congress takes first step to legalize hemp

Dutch court rules in favor of unblocking Pirate Bay as ban ‘ineffective’

Indiana House Committee Approves Anti-Drone Bill

Way Beyond Bitcoin: The Coming of “Smart Contracts”

New Florida Legislation Would Essentially Nullify Federal Gun Laws

Mississippi Is Tenth State To Consider Legislation To Ban Cooperation With NSA

Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds and the Reason Will Surprise You

World’s first magma-enhanced geothermal energy system operates in Iceland

And before we begin the “bad news” here’s some confirmation bias 😉

TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow

FBI Appears To Have Collected Tormail’s Entire Email Database… And It’s Using It

We Are Sleepwalking Towards A Cashless Society

Pentagon Wants to Develop Electronics That Can Vaporize

Contraception key in climate change fight: Gore and Gates

First American arrested with help from drone is sentenced

Bayer Pharmaceutical CEO: Cancer drug only ‘for western patients who can afford it’

Michigan farmer faces $700,000 in fines for raising “wrong” breed of pigs

White House warns Obama could go around Congress

Some Money Launderers are More Equal than Others; CEO of BitInstant is Arrested

Prism vs Sorm: Internet and the war of the Big Brothers

Ukrainian protesters hold position through the night

Slideshow breaking down the Ukrainian situation <– Must see!

A Tale of Two Protests: Ukraine & Thailand
Part 1                     ParT 2                    Part 3

Thailand: Regime Assassinates Protest Leader on Eve of Sham Elections

NAFTA and the Next Phase of North American Integration

Thanks for reading the whole thing. As a special treat, here’s a funny yet informative video from Lee Camp, comedian activist extraordinaire!