How good are you at accommodating your new limitations?

“But I can’t do that anymore!”

Do you hear this voice in your head?

Maybe it’s true. But sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes that voice can also be an excuse for not getting creative about finding accommodations or “work-arounds” or supports.

Obvious examples of supports might be crutches or walkers for folks who otherwise couldn’t walk. Hearing aids. Lever style door handles (nice if you’ve got arthritis). You get the picture (if you’ve got your glasses on or contacts in ;-).

Supports (another word for accommodation) hold up the things that matter...
Supports (another word for accommodations) hold up the things that matter…

Notice how the examples above are physical devices. They’re also mostly cultural acceptable. These are the “easy” ones…

The hard ones are those (if you want them) that you have to concoct, create, devise, or cobble together yourself – that are more about strategies than technology. The point is that they are approaches that support you to do the things that matter.

Let’s say it’s important to you to eat well, but it’s no longer easy to cook regularly. You might accommodate this limitation by finding more simple recipes, or cooking large batches and freezing meals, or getting help. Or, maybe you prepare food in stages, like cutting the vegetables or measuring dry ingredients the day before, or even buying components already prepared (yes, there are bags of already chopped onions, and you are not a bad person for using them).

Yes, yes I know… in this example, it will take more effort to change strategies – like looking up new recipes or actually planning! So consider creating accommodations and supports as an investment in you and your future. An investment that will pay dividends for a long time, and keep you in integrity with your higher values and priorities that you KNOW to be true about you.

You got something better to do?   ~Z