Cause & Effect
My wrists have been hurting recently.
I couldn’t pin down why they were hurting.
Was it the daily yoga I’ve been doing for the past few months?
Was it something I was eating that was causing them to inflame?
No, it was the smaller, cramped keyboard and trackpad I was using for work. Simple, mechanical, and repetitive motion done for hours a day, all week. A keyboard I’ve been using for months but only now started noticing the effects.
Sometimes the cause is so obvious it’s nearly impossible to see unless you are looking for it. A simple trackpad and keyboard causing wrist pain.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes the cause is easy to spot, but the effects are so subtle you don’t notice they are happening. Daily sugary sweets that add up to an unhealthy 20+ lbs of extra you.
Sometimes the effects take awhile to set in and have lag time.
Sometimes causes stack on each other, and become so twisted and complex it’s hard to nail down what or why or how they are happening.
The key here is to be aware of the possibility of cause and effect, and to control the things that you can control. You might not know, and you might not know exactly what, but you can test an assumption and see where that leads. Then another.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #490