During many years as a professional cook, I burned and cut myself numerous times. Over time, I came to view these small injuries as a sort of early warning system with a clear message:
Slow Down, Take Care and Be Mindful that you are a bit “off”.
LISTEN to yourself to hear what’s really going on.
Invariably, when I checked in with myself, I’d realize that I’d had a sleepless night, or was worrying about something. There was always a reason I was preoccupied and not on my game.
SMALL accidents —dropping a treasured dish, spilling things, tripping, small cuts — to me are gifts when they do no real harm. Unlike BIG accidents —which I’ve also had and whose repercussions can last for months or years — I take them as reminders, a wakeup call.
…Our unconscious has a way of tugging at our sleeve, demanding attention, if it finds it is not heard.