New Years brought me a lesson. Learn to use what you got. I have had in the last year arthritic flares in my joints. They started getting worse this fall, and I am being treated, but when they do happen the joint is useless for a while. Well, right about the time I resolved to write more frequently for the Pew, my wrist exploded in a very painful flare. So much so, I lost the use of my right hand and wrist for the last couple of weeks. If you are extremely right-handed you would be surprised how inconvenient things are without its use.
What I had to learn was to use my left hand, much like a basketball player must learn to dribble and shoot with both. All of us are blessed with more than one gift, but those gifts are atrophied for lack of use. My left hand had to get back in the game. This experience “got me to thinking,” as my grandmother used to say.
As we mature, we lose the use of certain gifts, but we have other skills just waiting to be used. I may never be very good at typing with my left index finger or dribbling with my left hand, but I need to use “what I got.”