I developed a problem with my wrist, shortly before the year started, and it plagued me most of the year. Now, I'm finally at the point where I can do my line-drawing without pain, as long as I pace myself.
While this was frustrating, it also had its benefits. One of the ways I worked around the pain was to draw and paint with my non-dominant hand. I've always had some control with this hand, but it's definitely not as steady, and I find it more difficult to draw lightly. What I found though, was that it was a bit of reset, almost a starting over, making me think about the abilities that have been second-nature for me.
I'm very glad to be back to using my left hand, but I enjoyed the challenges of not using it.
We often forget that unexpected challenges are not necessarily a hardship, but a chance to be thankful for what we have and to refresh our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.