This is a phrase heard fairly often in the dinner hour Jeopardy games at our house.
Ask me about a computer issue or whether the Braves won their latest game, and you’re likely to get the same answer.
Today, it popped up in a different context. I was hanging with my new friend, the physical therapist. That, alone, suggests that things aren’t going quite as well as might be optimal.
Just between us, I think this pain episode is part of my personal re-engagement with the world outside our house in the story of the pandemic still being written.
You see, I’ve spent the last year choosing to, basically, stay home. A decision that was right for me even though it also meant way less movement and less engagement with the kind folks who keep me – metaphorically – up and running.
So, today, when my concerned buddy asked me what I knew about why my neck hurts my honest answer was, “I don’t know. But I can tell you what I feel.”
This devolved into a fascinating chat about Neurolinguistic Programming and how we store and access information. (Also the fact that I’m not good with right and left.)
Eventually, we devised a plan for moving forward, all the while learning to speak each others’ languages.
Here’s why I’m telling you this story…
I think anybody who’s been paying attention is in the midst of a cosmic game of Tilt! as we go on making choices about the pandemic context we’ve been living in. And many, many of those choices will be made through lenses of belief.
Once upon a time, my hypnosis/NLP guru was waxing poetic about things we could change, based on changing our beliefs.
So far so good.
THEN we got to the part about, “There’s nothing you can’t do if you just believe you can.”
When I was in high school, girls weren’t allowed to go out for track. (My very athletic granddaughters don’t believe this story!) I desperately wanted to learn to pole vault.
(Feel free to laugh!)
So, 40-ish years later, when I was sitting in that hypnosis training, I was pretty sure that no amount of believing was going to get my bad knees, injured back, sore neck, etc. over the bar on the pole vault gizmo.
Let’s just say that physics were not in my favor.
Here’s what I’ve learned in the meantime… While it is undoubtedly wiser for me to pass on pole vaulting, I have learned a bunch of things in the last decade or so that I never believed I could.
Things, like painting, that required me to suspend my disbelief and actually pick up a brush. And I’m enormously glad I did!
So, I made a deal with the P.T.
With the exception of the giant bouncy ball (A story for a different day!) my response to, “Can you……………..?” is going to be, “I’m not sure. Let’s find out.”
And, just in case this touches something a bit teary inside you, you’re welcome to join me!
For now, I’m off to choose pizza for dinner tonight. Carry out. First time in more than a year.
Then it’s off to cheer on my teacher, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, at the opening of her new museum show. This one both virtual and actual! And a bit of learning from the ancestors after that. Probably while painting the background for my first poster… The Grandmothers’ Manifesta!
For now, blessings to you and yours!
ps… Luther and Phoebe say, “hi!” and they want you to know that a little guy named Wasabi just won the Westminster Kennel Club show, even though it was “supposed to be” at Valentine’s Day.
pss… There’s some big stuff coming around here. (I believe!!!) And I’d be honored if you wanted to share this post with a friend who might want to be here, too. So would my buddy, the owl, who’s come bearing prayer dots!