Yes, a little slice of life. In this case, it was a slice of my left index finger, with a very sharp knife.
As it was, it was quite appropriate, as I was slicing a venison/beef
“summer sausage,” which, if I ate it, had a better shot at killing me than the knife did.
There was a LOT of blood, (who would have thought a finger could bleed so much?). I was quite calm. Many years ago, (in a past that is a blur now), as a “government employee,” I had used a knife on others, and seen plenty of blood. Because of that, I am not panicked or disturbed by it. I applied direct pressure and used all the other triage techniques that I knew, but it simply would not stop bleeding…heavily.
And so it was that I found myself in the Emergency Room getting stitches in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. I had only missed the bone by maybe an eighth of an inch.
What’s the lesson here? Well, there isn’t one…stuff happens, and it’s best not to get too worked up about it. Every “next moment” is a mystery, and sometimes it hurts. It’s not rocket science – stay calm and roll with what is presented.
But, maybe there is a lesson. It’s funny, really. I hadn’t picked up my guitar in probably a week. I had wanted to, but always found some excuse not to do it. Now that I CAN’T play, it’s all that I can think about. The lesson is to not take your opportunities for granted when they are before you, because you have no idea how long the chance will be there. I’ll be playing guitar again within ten days…but what opportunity are you putting off to another day. What if that day is taken from you, and never comes?
Experiences; that is how you know that you’re alive. The quickest road to physical death is to panic in a crisis. There was no chance that a cut finger was going to kill me, and I knew that. But, if I had panicked, the emotional ramifications would have been very destructive. Fear and anxiety are the killers of this world.
Stay calm, stay clear – always. It will pay immense dividends when it is an habitual, ingrained practice. And jump on your opportunities while they are before you. Don’t assume that you will have ‘tomorrow.”
Many Blessings To All…
Gawain of the Coire