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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.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Loving the Canines

Dear Husband and I are finally over the worst of the sickness. We are both feeling about 95% now. There is still a slight lingering cough and some fatigue, but it's not nearly as bad as it was before. THANK GOD! It was a rough time for us both.

In happier news, I took our foster dog, Milo, to see his very first foster mom, Angela. She has a farm about 45 miles away where she fosters two horses and 30 dogs who have various issues. She is truly a saint. She takes care of dogs with heart worms, skin issues, dogs who have been abused, dogs from puppy mills...she has seen it all and thanks to her, these dogs are finally getting some love and care.

Milo came to her from South Carolina. He was adopted by a woman in Dallas who found she couldn't keep him because she was away from home too much with her job and she didn't have a yard for Milo to run around in. We have a yard and I'm at home right now, so we decided to take him in. He is such a love and we adore him. We've had him three months now and he fits right in with our little gang. He is up for adoption, but no matter what he will always be a part of our family.

Anyway, he got to see Angela again and visit with some dogs he knew when he was with her. He had a great time and got a lot of energy out. He was very quiet and slept all the way home and then he slept some more once we were in the house. I strongly believe that dogs remember those who love them and I know Milo was just as happy to see Angela and his doggy friends as they were to see him.

On another note entirely, please send tons of healing vibes to my best friend, Britt, of Swimming with Dolphins. She is fighting several illnesses at the moment so she can use all the blog/internet love and healing she can get. Hang in there Britters!