Left Handshake Is Right

So I heard about someone misinterpreting something I did for the worse.


Occasionally, when someone tries to shake my hand, instead of shaking with my right hand, I will take their hand in my left. 


I’ll do this for various reasons such as arthritic pain or from dirt (like ink or cleaning ) from some prior work I was doing. 


But always when I extend my hand it is with warmth and friendship. 


However, I learned that one person took this handshake as a serious personal affront. 


They thought that I was “disrespecting” them intentionally.


So I learned that even the most everyday, mundane gestures like a handshake, but done differently, can be taken out of context and misinterpreted. 


Why do we judge others for the bad?


Maybe because we don’t trust, don’t want to ask, don’t want to know, or have had bad experiences in life that jade us. 


But sometimes a handshake is just a handshake whether with the right or left hand. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Pain Pain Go Away

Pain Pain Go Away

Pain Pain Go Away, Don’t Come Back Another Day.

I saw this ad about controlling back pain.

The wincing face on the back was very effective.

Given that back pain is so common, I am sure many people can empathize with this.

For almost a year, I have been suffering with some arthritic pain although not back-related that has been horrible.

I never realized what this even was!

I’m at the point, where I feel surgery, with G-d’s help, is the only answer.

Of course, I am not keen to have surgery and keep thinking how I may be able to put it off.

And then the inflammation flare-up and pain comes back and I rethink this again that I have to go forward and just take care of this.

I feel that I am too young for these problems, but life does not ask when or what.

Certainly, I am thankful it is nothing worse–and there are so many things worse.

And I appreciate that there are modern treatments these days that probably didn’t really exist just 20-years ago.

Not sure exactly, what people did “in the olden days” when they had these things and just had to live (or die) with them.

I just want to be pain free and completely healthy again, so I can fully enjoy all the things that I always did.

Please G-d.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)