One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
I’m right-handed. So, for a week, I brushed my teeth with my left hand. I even applied the tooth paste with my left hand.
Simple, but not easy.
The first couple of days, I was astounded by how much I had to concentrate. It did get easier, but the mindfulness continued.
Shifting this twice-a-day ritual taught me:
- I take the basics very much for granted;
- when I’m uncomfortable, I want to rush – and that never works out well;
- when I goof up, my initial instinct is ALWAYS to look around to see if anyone saw (yep, even in my bathroom – what’s up with THAT?);
- even after becoming a bit more proficient, that unnatural feeling never went away;
- I don’t like that unnatural feeling;
- just because I physically CAN do something, doesn’t mean I have to; and
- one seemingly insignificant shift made me very aware of how many things I do mindLESSly.
So… while I have shifted back to my right hand for oral hygiene, I’m paying much closer attention to how very important the other seemingly insignificant parts of my life are.
What kind of lessons have the seemingly insignificant taught you?