Wednesdays seem tailor-made for great themes and hashtags. Wednesday Wildlife and Wednesday Wisdom to name just two. Nothing so profound today, but please indulge me a bit of Wednesday Whimsy this morning. Simply an observance of life.
What is it about a Paper Cut???
I was attacked by an ill-tempered manila envelope a few days ago, and it inflicted a very unpleasant paper cut on the middle finger of my right hand, smack dab right on the knuckle. I clearly lost the battle. After several days of close dealings with the postal system as the envelope had endured, I would perhaps be given to a bit of crankiness myself. But still. I hadn’t done anything to that envelope beyond freeing it from the mailbox, making such an attack totally unwarranted from my perspective. To make it worse, as the envelope undoubtedly had in mind at the time, I am right-handed. So every time I bend that finger still, the cut painfully reopens bringing searing memories of the encounter flashing back to mind.
If someone came up to me on the street and said — “Give me your wallet or I will tear you limb from limb!” — while thought of the prospect might be daunting, it is not relatable and I would probably dismiss the threat as hyperbole, braggadocio and embellishment. Unless he is the Incredible Hulk on a tear, it’s most likely merely a figure of speech and not going to happen.
But if the same person approached and said — “Give me your wallet or I will give you a rather nasty paper cut!” — that is terrifyingly familiar, would send shivers down my spine and a threat I would take seriously, especially if he had a manila envelope in hand at the time.
So on the third day following the attack, I still have my finger coated with an antibiotic cream and heavily bandaged to keep out dirt, hoping that it will all promote a quick healing and return to normal everyday health and function soon, which it sadly has yet to do. If someone sees the bandages and asks me what sort of trauma happened to my hand, I will simply reply — “Paper Cut”. I’m sure they will understand.
Little Red Bear and I are working hard to finish a Christmas story for the holidays, made more challenging now by the bothersome paper cut making typing while heavily bandaged more laborious and difficult, but Red assures that our high purpose and intent will see me thru. So we will persevere and overcome this new challenge!
And just so this Wednesday Whimsy wasn’t a total waste of time, I did manage to find an inspiring quote from Mahatma Gandhi for you. We all encounter difficulties and hardships in our lives at some point. That’s just life. Strength comes from the determination not to give in to them, and from an inner resolve to persevere and overcome whatever obstacles which may be placed in our life path. Like a Paper Cut.
Thanks as always for visiting! I’m going to go rest my finger now. — Jim (and Red!)
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