During a check-up on my knee replacement of 2006, the doctor advised only two procedures to follow: balance and flexibility. If I pay attention to those concerns in my daily habits, my knee will last until I’m ninety. That’s what the doctor said.
As for physical therapy, I’m poorly disciplined. The only exercise I practice daily is stretching. I have added an attempt to balance without holding onto the counter as I stretch my legs, and I’m getting good at it. Concentration and practice help my balance. I trust that these stretches also aid flexibility.
Balance and flexibility are also good in life’s other avenues. Reading interviews with three authors, I noticed each stated that they (2 females and 1 male) have to pay attention to balance in their schedules. While writing is a priority, their families come first. Their schedules not only make room for family activities, they are open for interruptions. That spoke to me, for if I’m writing in the morning, I don’t want to stop at noon when Bill asks for lunch. Thus, my attitude is reflected in my actions, and balance and flexibility are not honored. Neither is Bill’s request.
When we’ve visited friends on various mission fields, we’ve noticed their flexibility. Few activities seem to happen on schedule, and those who lead or participate rotate their duties. Yet, the ministries proceed and get results. Missionaries adapt to the culture and thrive―while also balancing their attention to family.
Moral of blog: balance and flexibility are good not only for knees but for life and its goals.