The cost of compensation

I broke my right tibia when I was 13 (that’s your shin bone). The bone was set correctly, but my knee was at a slightly odd angle in the cast. The result is that lower half of my right leg now juts out at an angle. Most people wouldn’t notice.

The problem is the rest of my body has been compensating ever since. In my mid-teens a shoulder injury resulted because I was doing a lot swimming and my right leg didn’t have the same strength. In my early twenties a lower back injury, in my mid-twenties trouble with my knee…

Almost every physical injury I have had since then can be traced back maybe not all the way back to that one injury, but most injuries are related to earlier ones. One part of my body now injured because too much was demanded as it tried compensate for an earlier problem.

It makes me wonder whether that happens emotionally? And if that is true on an individual level what about society?

6 thoughts on “The cost of compensation

  1. My belief is that you are right on both counts, Mags. Very likely we in the US are suffering even now the trauma from earlier injustices; slavery, world wars, the Viet Nam War… can we recover and if so, when? The next generation holds the embryo of the answer.

    As for individual emotions, I have been afraid of storms since I experienced a tornado as a child. My strict disciplinarian father has undoubtedly impaired my relationship with men/power figures.

    We are the products of so many earlier experiences, good and bad.

  2. Hi mags, a falls down

    the stairs left me with loads of problems. Now walking with a zimmer. Sometimes just sleeping is painfull. Are you ok now?
    Love susanne

    • Hi Susanne – I’m so sorry to hear that you are struggling! I am basically fine – just facing into my latest injury! Much love to you

  3. “By his stripes…” If we ever wonder about why Jesus was willing to suffer so much, in so many ways, this is one way to look at it: “compensation” for our new life in him. Another way to show his love.

  4. Very true – and often our coping mechanisms, whether physical or emotional, can then cause their own problems further down the line. I spent a lot of my ’30 Days’ having to face up to, and turn away from (‘repent of’) a breadth of responses I’d developed for what had felt like self-protection, but all of which had come to unbalance my life and relationships further. And, in similar but contrasting vein, Peter has just had orthotic insoles which have completely reshaped his gait, and cured all sorts of muscular aches and foot problems, that result from having walked awkwardly since getting a very bruised hip in a car shunt 40 years ago which developed into a permanent habit. And now, for the first time since, he has an easy, ache-free, way of walking!

  5. Mags, I believe that we incorporate into ourselves the effects of all of our experiences. I see this with myself in different relationships as a result of the relationship with my former spouse – the fear of being “ditched” makes me very cautious indeed. In society this is also very true. We owe it to future generations to reconcile differences and to strive to hand them a more peaceful and peace-filled world. Thanks for this reminder!

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