I thought I’d try to be clever—do something really awesome and celebratory for 10 posts…but come on. Maybe when I hit 100…
Today, I will be visiting the beach—back in Egypt…
…totally and completely in my mind.
In reality, I will be getting a ridiculous amount of allergy shots.
Let’s just say they said to “allow 4-6 hours”. Wa Wa Waaaa….
Hopefully I will be able to study somehow—make it some good quality time with “my pal Hal” (Blummenfield…the author of our neuro book).
But sitting around on this side of things, getting stuck for hours, really makes me have new-found respect for people who undergo such things regularly. Dialysis, chemo, multiple surgeries…
Chances are you know someone that has needed such treatment.
It’s not easy.
Not only do you have to take off work to get what you need to survive, it usually wipes you out for a while— even 3 allergy shots every 15 minutes is nothing compared to that…
I know that at the end of my shots, I’m going to be better. Not everyone does.
I guess sometimes it requires perspective. (You’ll find that I like to define things…)
Perspective- a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view; true understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion
There are really two things I’m getting out of this whole thought process.
1. How are you choosing to view your life? What perspective are you choosing to have?
Oftentimes, it could be worse.
You’re on a computer right now….that means you have access to it…which is more than some people can say.
Sure, it’s ok to be frustrated. Sure it’s ok to even gripe about it sometimes.
But let yourself gripe for 10 minutes, blow off some steam, and then suck it up. Realize how truly good you have it.
Understand the relative importance of what you’re going through compared to the grand scheme of life—and life beyond Earth…
Work on having that “good sense of proportion”.
It could be worse…just watch the news.
2. How compassionate are you when dealing with people?
Different situations affect people differently. There are times that someone is extremely hurt by something that would be very easy for someone else to blow off.
I say this because I’m really bad about it.
But maybe they’ve never dealt with that before. Maybe it’s just been a really rough week…rough month…rough year?
And this isn’t just for those of us who are/will be dealing with patients.
What about the school teacher who has parents that they just can’t stand?
What is their home situation? Financial? Health?
What about that client or that boss that has you running around in circles all day and is never satisfied?
Why are they that way? Are they even happy in their own life?
What about the waiter who just isn’t doing such a good job?
Is he/she slacking off because they would rather be talking to their significant other? Or is his/her mind somewhere else because of a tragic happening?
You aren’t the only one that has bad days…
There are definitely times that boundaries must be laid down. You may have to have a not so pleasant talk with those parents or turn down a client or distance yourself from an unhealthy situation.
But we can at least have some perspective.
And that perspective can allow us to be more compassionate.
In summary—Take the time to listen to people. Gain some perspective. Operate with compassion.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”