Friday, January 9, 2009

National Non-Dominant Hand Day

As I hinted at a little over a week ago, I would like to announce my self-made national holiday on January 14: National Non-Dominant Hand Day.

In honor of this day, please use your non-dominant hand for all reasonable activities (emphasis on reasonable: so don't mouse with your opposite hand, wield knives, or do things that make your life tedious, like writing with your opposite hand).

The purpose of this holiday is to get the brain thinking. We all have a tendency to go through parts of our days on autopilot, not really present in the moment. When was the last time you really thought about unscrewing the cap on the toothpaste? What about turning on a faucet? Unlocking a door?

For the most part, I don't think we typically need to think about these things, but for one day, I think it's good to stretch the synapses and halt the mind chatter to focus on the task at hand.

I wish you all luck. If you want to practice in preparation of the holiday (now a mere 5 days away), feel free. Or if you want to save up your energy for the fourteenth, that's fine too. And thank you all for graciously participating in this holiday. The Non-Dominant Hand gods will be pleased.

No comments: