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Never Try to Catch a Falling Knife

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Never Try to Catch a Falling Knife

Val MacDonald

“Never try to catch a falling knife”. I read these words on the sheath of a kitchen knife at my friend’s cabin this summer. It struck me as hilarious! Maybe it was the smokey air of the wild fires burning nearby, or maybe it was the coffee and friendship we were enjoying, but I couldn’t stop laughing after reading that. I mean, really? It seems like a no-brainer not to catch a falling knife.

But then I started thinking, maybe there was a time when that wouldn’t be so obvious to me. I have, after all, learned a lot of life’s lessons the hard way, as many people do. Putting some knife safety tips on the sheath of a large knife, is probably a good idea, providing you read that tip and let it sink into your brain, before a knife falls and your reaction kicks in to somehow save it.

What else seems like common sense that we need to be aware of? “Don’t feed the bears” would be a good sign to post in your neighbourhood, if you back onto a woodsy area where bears live, and you’d rather not have them hanging around in your backyard. I have friends for whom this is a reality, especially on garbage days.

When it comes to nutrition, both food and “non-food”, as I call it, there are several things that I have learned, perhaps the hard way, that I now consider common sense. I’d like to share these with you, because perhaps you can relate to one or two-or all!-of them. I have learned that these habits do not serve my body or my being;

·       skipping meals

·       drinking coffee instead of a meal or a snack

·       eating foods that I know are hard for me to digest

·       not taking time to plan my meals, and then making poor food choices in haste

·       not drinking enough water throughout the day

·       eating in a hurry or eating while driving

·       criticizing or judging myself and my body

·       not allowing enough down-time in my schedule

·       saying “yes” when I really want to say “no”

·       pushing my body through pain during exercise

·       keeping my problems to myself

·       being with people who drain my energy

·       not getting enough sleep

Some of these habits I have let go of forever, like pushing my body through pain during exercise. By me doing this, I ended up with a torn shoulder muscle. So, this one I’ve got. However, saying “yes” when I really want to say “no'“, I am still working on. It depends on who’s asking, and what kind of day I’m having.

It’s really about knowing your body and your being well enough, to make the best decisions for you. Letting go of a few harmful practices can go a long way, and can make room to bring in more self nourishing practices. For self nourishing practices, simply think opposite to the harmful one that you want to let go of.

And don’t forget- never try to catch a falling knife!