Yesterday, I was making something in the kitchen that required me to freeze a bowl, and then work with heavy whipping cream in the frozen bowl at the sink (whipped cream). In the middle of the process of whipping the cream (which failed, by the way; not sure why, except that I ran out of patience to keep trying… there’s a lesson in that), I realized that I had not shut the freezer door behind me. It was open, and pouring cold air (and my dollars!) into the apartment. Augh! But I couldn’t stop whipping the cream, could I?
So. I did what any sane person would do. I reached behind myself with my foot, and closed the freezer with my toes.
It wasn’t until after I did it that I realized what an odd action it was, and how I would never have thought of it ten months ago. How could I have? My legs weren’t flexible enough to lift my foot above my hip, much less hold it there, for long enough to push the door shut. Let me emphasize this: I couldn’t have done it when I started this process of learning and practicing tai chi. I didn’t have the mental or physical resources to do it.
But the pushing in the title of this essay has nothing to do with pushing the door closed.