Which hand do you wipe your bum with when you poop?
Bold question, I know.
In the last few months I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the things I do automatically every day and wondering what would happen if I consciously disrupted those patterns. I used to wipe with my right hand. I’ve likely been wiping with my right hand for the better part of 40 years.
So now I’m making a conscious effort to wipe with my left hand, and I feel like a 4 year old learning about how to use my body all over again. Who knew 40 years of wiping on one side would create so much flexibility, range of motion, and effectiveness? I didn’t know until I started wiping with my left hand and felt like I had to figure out new ways to contort myself in order to get the job done!
Something even more interesting is that when I’m rushing off to a meeting, or running late for whatever reason, I’m almost always finding myself with the toilet paper in my right hand, and I consciously have to say to myself, you are using your left hand now and make the switch. It’s a mini moment of presence in my day. It’s been a few months now and it is getting easier and I am finding myself more effective than when I first started; however, I’m still discovering that impulse to follow the old pattern of using my right hand. I wonder when that will dissipate out of my experience altogether? How long will it take for the left hand to be the habit?
I love this type of playful curiosity and experimentation with my life! And I’m certain that my body and brain will thank me for the attention and disruption. And it leads me to more personal ponderings…
- What other habits or patterns have I been practicing for ages that could use a little conscious attention and perhaps some re-engineering?
- What other challenges can I playfully introduce into my life that provide me with the opportunity for a) having a fun focus and b) to be present?
I’m curious to know, have you discovered any patterns and disrupted them from a place of playfulness and presence?