Today’s post is an analogy.
Ratchet straps are probably one of the greatest inventions when it comes to leverage and holding down really, really heavy objects during transport.
The tricky part is making sure the strap is locked down inside the spool and unable to release under stress.
When my wife was teaching me how to thread the strap, she made sure to tell me not to twist the strap inside the spool.
You know what happens when the strap gets twisted inside the spool ?
The strap won’t release when unlocked and it’s the biggest pain-in-the-ass to untwist because it still has tension.
On top of that, when you’re in a hurry to get where you’re going, you don’t notice the strap twisting while you’re ratcheting.
You find out you screwed up when you get to your destination and are trying to unlock the ratchet and unspool the strap.
I’ve cursed many times because when you get somewhere, someone is usually waiting for you to unload the thing that you strapped down.
They’re in a hurry too.
Can you relate ?
Now let’s bring the idea of ratcheting onto your physical body.
If you’ve used a ratchet strap before you know the sound of the “clicking” when the strap is inside the spool and tightening down.
Imagine the leverage of your boss tightening their grip on your deadline.
Your kid comes home from school telling you that there was an “active shooter drill”.
The driver behind you is literally up inside your tail pipe.
Your spouse comes home telling announcing the the car is acting up again.
Day after day, event after event, the ratchet gets tighter around your body.
The strap might even twist making it impossible for you to breathe.
Slowly you wake up one day and ask “how did I get here?”
You’ve been unaware of each event and how it’s affecting how you feel.
Most clients who come in to see me remark, “Julie, I haven’t done anything and I feel like I’m mess. I’m tight and stressed out and I haven’t done anything. I really haven’t.”
They haven’t lifted anything heavy to cause low back pain.
They have’t been exercising and over-doing it.
What they have been doing is living unconsciously.
Unaware that small things have added up over time and they are out of “clicks”.