Adding Insult to Your Own Injury

So I literally have an injury. I fell down some stairs while babysitting and hurt my leg (no, that’s not a euphemism, the kids didn’t abuse me, I really fell).

As I started limping around the house, I realized the  way we often speak the moment we have an excuse to be a victim. We say we need to take things slowly, that maybe we need a day off from everything, that you kids need to be really good because Uncle Jawaad is hurt.

And yeah, some of that may be valid, but I feel like sometimes we utilize the moment as an excuse to do less than we’re capable of (even with an injury).

I notice this with a physical injury more, but it’s made me think more of the times I’ve had a mental “injury,” when my mind wasn’t in the right space, when something occupied it or I wasn’t emotionally doing well. During those times, too, we tend to have the same behavior — maximizing the toil that we’re going through, and minimizing our abilities to move forward.

And then, too, some of it is valid (and we do acknowledge the mental anguish we feel less than we do the physical), but the enemy I want to identify here is two-fold, and those are: mislabeling, and immobility.

We mislabel by treating our problems as greater than they are. We should acknowledge them, and see them for what they are, but not worse than they are. That helps us to better deal with them and avoid the next enemy: immobility.

Anything that immobilizes you should be unacceptable to you. Action is the only thing that can make things better. The moment you let any injury stop you from taking action, that’s when you let it win. And by the way, action doesn’t have to be physical, you can accomplish what you need to while still acknowledging your temporary limitations. In fact, that’s the only way you’ll accomplish what you need.

So yeah, stop insulting yourself by calling yourself too injured to function at all.