Use What You Got

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.”

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. I was sorry to hear about your hand. I hope it gets much better soon. I hope you and your family have a blessed 2020! I love to read the Hubbell Pew!

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