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Every thing we do is connected to something else . I have talked before about unexpected outcomes on this blog and about staying open and welcoming to them as a concept when they appear.
This week the unexpected outcome was head, neck and arm pain. This was troubling and to take my mind off of it I started to do jigsaw puzzles for hours on end. I enjoyed the puzzles but each day I felt more achy and wondered when I would be able to paint again.
I even tried working on a flat surface to paint which instead of relieving the pain made me anxious. When I tried to paint I felt like I was painting with one arm tied behind my back and my head pressed against the windshield of a car.
The pain persisted. Until it occurred to me that maybe it was the puzzle that was creating this new discomfort. So I stopped doing them and guess what? The pain is gone.
What I have learned so far:
Everything we do is connected. Nothing is done in isolation. When a new symptom or difficulty appears task analyze it to see if you started a behavior or thought pattern that is different that might be responsible for the outcome .
And most important of all don't do too much of one thing. Moderation is always a wise approach.
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