Are you familiar with it?
It is a local urgent care facility that does a fantastic job when you can’t get in to see your doctor and you don’t need the ER.
That is where I find myself on this rainy Monday morning after Thanksgiving. “Ain’t nobody got time for this!” We never REALLY have time for the interruptions in our lives, do we? At least, we don’t think we do.
Honestly, I should have gone to the doctor a week ago for this sinus infection, but Thanksgiving was upon us and I had things to do…shopping, cleaning, food prep…serving and cleaning up…people in and out which meant beds to strip and remake…then another gathering on the weekend to get ready for…you have probably been there yourself a time or two.
At any rate, my husband occasionally has a spontaneous pneumothorax and was experiencing those symptoms last night. (It is a collapsed lung issue; you can look it up if you want.) So, we went to Total Access today to check it out and I thought that since I was already there, I might as well be seen, too.
Now that is good use of my time, right?
I began to ponder the words Total Access and thought “Really, total access? They have exceptional hours and a great staff, but to me those words literally mean there is complete availability, which isn’t exactly true.
I do get to choose what I think and how I will respond to situations, however, so I decided to think of the words Total Access in a way that might be beneficial to both you and me.
T – Time. Time is just what it is…the clock progressing forward. We can decide if a change of plans is a stealer of time or a gift of time. What you do with makes it one or the other.
O – Organize. There is always waiting time associated with the doctor’s office. Use it to jot down a list of things you need to do or get at the store. Put it on paper or in your phone and relieve your crowded mind.
T – Telephone. Seriously, this is a great time to delete some of those emails in your inbox that have been piling up, or reply to a few text messages.
(Making calls may be annoying to those in close proximity, however, so let’s choose to be considerate.)
A – Abandon. Yes, abandon the thoughts that are spinning in your mind making you believe that you are getting farther and farther behind as you wait. They don’t serve you and are quite possibly not true. (Making those lists above helps you save time later.)
L – Learn. Listen to the people around you. What can you learn from them? (I get great song ideas this way.) Read a magazine article, watch the DIY channel on the waiting room TV, or read a blog on your phone. You have just been given 30 minutes or so to learn something new.
A – Accept. Accept what you cannot change. “Learning to love what is” saves you so much energy and aggravation. Fighting against reality never ever serves you.
C – Coach. You have just been given the perfect opportunity to coach yourself. What are you thinking right now? How does that make you feel? What are the results of those feelings? What would you rather feel? What kind of a thought would it take to feel the way you want to feel?
C – Calendar. What a great time to look at your calendar! Pull that phone out again. What do you have coming up? What do you need to schedule? What do you absolutely have to do in the next day or so? What can you wait on? (If you don’t have a calendar on your phone, take this time to download one. Synch it with your computer and your spouses (or whoever) and you have just saved yourself a boat load of time!
E – Effective and Efficient. (Bonus word!) This time can be used effectively and efficiently. You have Total Access to all my suggestions for doing just that!
S – Seize. Seize the moment for self-care. I did that very thing today by checking on my sinus infection while I was there. Self-care for you might be closing your eyes, taking a few deep breaths and resting while you are waiting. It could be making your list for the grocery store so you can get it off your mind.
S – Serve. There are always ways to serve others in each and every situation. Look for them. Do them. It takes the focus off of you and time serving others is never wasted.
Disruption and interruptions to our fast-paced “must get done” schedules can be a blessing in disguise.
It is an opportunity to step back and examine our lives and our thinking if we are willing, and it just may provide that much needed space to simply breath.
Here’s to living Your One Beautiful Life in the middle of disruption and interruptions.
Come to think of it…one of the best ways you might spend 15 minutes in self-care this busy season is to hop on a FREE 15 minute coach call. We can talk about that BIG issue in your life.