As I continue to practice creating blog posts on my phone, I’d like to tell you that I returned to work yesterday at a primary care practice within a major Boston teaching hospital, after practicing vacationing in California for two weeks.
When I take a break from work (or anything else), I can quickly feel like I’m “out of practice.” That is, I believe I’ve forgotten important skills and procedures. It feels like I have to relearn all over again, in order to be good enough.
In reality, I don’t forget what I’ve learned that quickly. Indeed, once I gather the courage to try things again, the old knowledge reappears — just like riding a bicycle.
Yesterday, I discovered I was not out of practice, even though I had been out of the primary care practice for two long weeks.
For example, I was not out of practice taking photos when my car was stuck in traffic:
I was not out of practice walking through the snow and the cold, either (or feeling a little blue about it):
I was not out of practice noticing colorful things that distracted me, momentarily, from all that snow:
On my return plane ride from California last Friday — when I was feeling out of practice with New England winters — I discovered I was not out of practice loving movies, either. During that flight, I practiced watching Whiplash, about a young musician who practices, practices, practices jazz drums, and gets out of practice with everything else in life, including connection with others and, at times, self-preservation.
As I watched the filmmakers practice effective and often innovative story-telling, I resolved not to get out of practice with my own self-care and life priorities.
I shall now practice posting here the great jazz tune “Caravan” (practiced by countless big band jazz players everywhere), as performed by the practiced musicians from Whiplash.
I seem to be out of practice posting links to YouTube the way I’d like within a phone-practiced post, even though I’ve successfully practiced that on WordPress the last few days.
Perhaps this is an opportunity for you to practice finding that clip on YouTube, if necessary.
Before I practice ending yet another daily WordPress post, I shall practice asking a practiced and practical question: what does practice and/or “out of practice” mean to you?
Practically, you could practice answering that kind of question in a comment, below (if you need that kind of practice).
Many thanks to the practiced doctors, nurses, social workers, other staff, and patients at the primary care practice where I work; to people in the Boston area who practice dealing with difficult weather; to all the talented people who helped create the wonderfully practiced Whiplash; and to you — of course! — for helping me practice blogging, every day.