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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Waiting It Out

This morning, I had a doctor's appointment to renew some prescriptions and check in with my doctor about some minor issues. I made the appointment at 8 a.m. so I could get it done early in the day and not have to worry about it later on. I got my prescriptions and went to Walmart to have them filled.

The pharmacist said it would take 30-40 minutes so I bought a magazine and headed over to the McDonald's that's inside the store. I bought some breakfast and I spent the next half hour relaxing, eating my breakfast, and reading my magazine. This caused me to think about the fact that if more of us had patience, we would have more peace.

People are so eager to get things done, get in, get out, move, move, move! How much better would it be if we used the time we have to wait to bring some peace to our day? I am always cognizant of using my waiting time wisely to relax and have some rest in what is generally a very busy day. For example, I always have a book or magazine in my bag. If I have to wait in line at the post office, I read the magazine or listen to my iPod. If I have to wait in traffic (which is the norm here in Houston), I either have a book on tape or a magazine in the car that I can read until traffic gets moving again. And just to be clear - I am NOT advocating that you read while you are driving. That is dangerous and ridiculous. I'm talking about when you're stuck in non-moving traffic or you are at a particularly long red light.

The other thing I highly recommend in terms of using your wait time wisely is to get some rest. While I was waiting in the exam room for the doctor, I sat in the chair in the office and propped my feet up on the stand at the bottom of the exam table and closed my eyes. I rested for about five minutes before the doctor came in. How many of us do that - just rest our eyes a few minutes when we're waiting? Very few. Most people complain about the waiting time for everything from traffic to doctors because they must be on the move and going every single second of every day and then these same people complain that they never have any relaxation time. Use the waiting time to build in relaxation and peace in your day.

You don't need a lot of time for this - five minutes is fine, 10 is better. It's just a few minutes in your day to relax. You don't even have to make time for it, it's already built-in to a lot of your activities. Use the waiting time wisely and RELAX.

2 comments:

secret agent woman said...

Sometimes if I'm at the OB-GYN and waiting in the exam room, I take advatge of the pillow they provide and take a little nap.

Dauphyfan said...

I took this to heart the other day while I was in a waiting room. Closed my eyes for a just a few minutes felt pretty good.