DRAMA, Drama ... everywhere – just can’t seem to escape drama whether at international, national or local level. Several weeks ago I unexpectedly received a phone call one weekend afternoon. I was advised my next hair appointment would be at a different location even closer to my home. I had learned on my previous appointment that some long simmering intrigue the beauty shop’s hair dressers had with their colleague who owned the shop was coming to a head. I knew something was eminent but hadn’t expected that the whole staff, except the owner, would be relocating -- but that’s what was happening I was told. These ladies have all worked together for decades – mostly just part time now -- and qualify age-wise to be elders.
Allegedly, instead of managing the business to benefit all as had been promised -- when the group had supported their co-hair dresser assuming ownership a couple decades ago from another member now deceased -- she had focused mostly on her own self-interest. Apparently, failure to effectively manage shop financial obligations, absence of disclosure, lack of truthfulness, secretive maneuvering had resulted in the business collapse with their suddenly being told she was closing the business and they had two weeks to vacate.
A week later the owner had reportedly engaged in a sudden loud and emotional verbal outburst -- totally unprofessional when some customers were present -- upon discovering the staff was departing a week early for their own best interests. One customer almost a century old became very upset, so when her next appointment got cancelled because she was in the hospital, speculation was rampant that the explosive incident to which she had been subjected might have been the precipitating cause. She’s since returned home and continues appointments at the new location.
Just as I adjusted to the idea all was normal in this new setting, I was apprised this past week that the group sensed some sort of change was in the works at the new place, but they were unable to determine what it was yet. Never ending drama everywhere.
I can’t help thinking how aspects of this hairdresser’s business drama situation mirror what may be occurring in our nation’s White House. This is especially ironic that this group whose misplaced trust in the person they chose to manage their business operation may well be further disillusioned if our national leader they avidly support also betrays them. Guess they'll learn the hard way since, evidently, our leader continues to be more interested in just getting his way -- as with demanding revocation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA – Obamacare) – without consideration for the quality of any replacement healthcare plan.
The drama of our leader arrogantly ratcheting up the juvenile tit for tat name-calling inciting North Korea’s blustering leader creates a literal world-threatening situation. I’d like to lock the two of them in a cage together and leave the rest of us out of it.
Thinking of the circumstances that lead our nation into the Iraq War, and now viewing the current PBS-TV Vietnam War series should give us reason for serious concern. The latter program in Episode 4 features Sam Wilson, U.S. Army who makes a statement worthy of consideration today by those leading our nation:
“It’s very very difficult to dispel ignorance if you retain arrogance.”
Reading about the importance of avoiding falls, especially for older people, that Ronni Bennett wrote about at “Time Goes By” recently, stimulated a number of my thoughts. She described lots of effective measures and links to help us stay on our feet -- short of gluing them to the floor. We do have to remember and then use those techniques for them to work which we may be careless about doing.
I am reminded of an accidental fall I had 20 years ago – was in a cramped bedroom area, reaching up and twisting my body in some contorted way for an item on a shelf above the closet – I leaned slightly …but too far, I quickly realized. I instantly knew I would be unable to regain my balance and instinctly determined to take a “stage fall”, which I did -- protecting my head and landed mostly on one side. Coupled with the fact I fell on some objects I did end up for the first time ever with what I later figured must be deep tissue bruising. Seemed to take weeks for that soreness and stiffness to go away.
I try to remember to use a “stage fall” if I’m going down – learned it in drama class in my young adult theatre “ham” years. Basically, I just try complete body relaxation, allowing my knees and torso to gradually fold down as my arms position to protect my head. Keep in mind I am a lay person on this topic, so I’m not saying do as I do.
For any oldsters -- with more brittle bones I don’t practice stage falls now as I did when young and certainly don’t recommend others do it either. I simply try to remember those techniques I mentioned to use if and when I have a real accidental fall.
I did find this wikiHow to Fall Safely link which does offer some good ideas about how to best try to position our bodies if we do accidentally fall. You may find some good ideas to consider. Discuss them with your doctor, a physical therapist if you have one, or other qualified orthopedic professionals.
Move slowly -- don't turn too fast -- look where you're going -- stay on your feet -- and don't fall!