Left Feels Right

Sitting at the kitchen table Pandora echoes through the house. Pink and Chris Stapleton sing, Love Me Anyway, and my mind drifts into a dreamy state.

I haven’t been on WordPress much this summer and gratefully, my Blog hasn’t suffered during my absence. The stats remained steady, so God still led people here to read and follow. I smile and give Him a nod of acknowledgement for the millionth time, “Oh yeah…It’s not about me!”

I’m training my left hand to manipulate the wireless mouse connected to my laptop and it’s been interesting. Having used my right hand and index finger for decades, it’s deserving of a reprieve. The practice began by using a regular mouse with my left hand and switching sides of the laptop it resides on. Almost a week in and my hand is finally reaching automatically to the left instead of the right. It’s funny how fast our mind trains our body, but there’s ample opportunity to retrain it to suit where we are.

I’ve noticed the left hand glides more gently than the right hand ever did. Somewhere along the path, the right hand became about speed and clicking through whatever’s in front of me. The left hand is more steady, present while being watchful in the moment and will pause almost like it has more patience while offering a much lighter touch than my right. To celebrate this learning experience I purchased a mouse that can be utilized by the left hand or the right, but for now my darlings the left feels right.

Logitech Pebble Bluetooth Mouse M350 – Flora


13 thoughts on “Left Feels Right

  1. Hi Barb,
    I am right handed, but a couple of years ago I started using the mouse on the left hand because I was starting to develop carpal tunnel. It did the trick. Lately I have been working on the computer for so many hours straight that I have been having to switch back and forth because both wrists are killing me.
    It is beautiful to see that we can train and retrain our bodies as needed/wanted.
    Beautiful song! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I believe that’s called self-abuse my darling Ana. πŸ˜‚ Breaks are vital to our bodies and minds. I try my best to step away from the computer during work every 45 minutes for at least 15 minutes. It brings clarity and I feel I do better quality work with breaks. You are welcome and as always thank you my friend!


      1. You are right! I need to be kinder to my body. There are days I set timers to force me to get up and walk around, but that is more of an exception than the norm. I need to create and maintain those healthy habits. Thank you always for the ideas.

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      2. It’s a good way to prevent mind overload and burnout. I always feel refreshed after stepping away for a bit and receive some of the best ideas away from the screen. You only get one body woman, so take care of it. πŸ˜‚ It’s always a pleasure Ana. πŸ’–


  2. Interesting. I moved my mousepad and mouse over to the left, and it’s not as bizarre as I might have expected. We are quick learners, aren’t we? Reminds us that change may not always be the big deal we tend to make of it. Haha.
    And tx for the book order! πŸ™‚

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    1. We are quick learners and so adaptable! I’m digging it and my right hand/arm seems appreciative. Our minds make change a bigger deal than it actually is and that’s probably why I’m constantly rearranging rooms of furniture, or even something as minor as throw pillows across the bed. Change brings fresh perspective. You are welcome lovely! My little Charlie boy is gonna love it. βœ¨πŸ’–


  3. Years ago, when I was having wrist and elbow problems, my physical therapist said I should switch which hand I use for my mouse every six months. It solved the issues and I still go back and forth with ease (and no more wrist probs). I’m left-handed to begin with, so it was and easy to change, since I’m accustomed to adapting to a right-handed world.

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    1. Thank you Donna for sharing this. You’ve help set my mind at ease. It makes sense doesn’t it? I’ve used my right arm and hand repeatedly for moving the mouse since before my daughter was born! I’ve experienced shooting pain through my forearm before and any type pain usually indicates it’s time for a change. It’s been enlightening!


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