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November 17, We All Need to Slow Down and Not Be in a Hurry

Today I’m going to talk about how all of us should take charge of our lives, slow down and not be in such a hurry.

I was planning on getting a decent amount of writing in today, and I still maybe be able to later on, but something happened this morning that I wasn’t anticipating.

I always feel that it’s better to not get in a hurry in the things of life, and today is another example of that very thing. I’m not writing this to complain, or to have you feel sorry for me. On the other hand if any of you pray, you can pray for me to heal faster.

I thought I set my alarm for 7am this morning so I would have plenty of time to eat and be to work by 8:15am. On Saturday’s it usually doesn’t take me much more than five to ten minutes to drive to work as the traffic isn’t all that bad early morning.

I woke up at 8:05, obviously, I wasn’t going to make it in time. Rarely do I miss breakfast, but I cannot afford to be late. Our company began to use a point system for late days, late breaks or call ins. Once we get up to eleven or twelve points we can be fired and I was up to five points before this morning. I vowed that I would not be late for any reason at least until my points began over again. That would be when a year is up for each point individually.

So, I did what had to be done and raced out of the house with my lunch box in hand. It was foggy outside, so I figured it must be a bit warmer and because  I was so late I wasn’t thinking clearly although I didn’t realize that at the time.

For the past week I’ve had to put down some salt as the deck and ramp has been slightly frosted from the colder weather we’ve been having at night. Had I been on time I may have thought to put some salt down today, but it didn’t even enter my mind.

You probably guessed where I’m going with this story. I took about four steps down the ramp and down I went. Normally, I will test my footing by holding  the railing until I take stock of  the situation. Today, I didn’t even think about it.

As I said, hurrying usually racks up more problems than it solves. It seems like most of the population is always in a hurry, at least those that buy groceries are where I work.

It sure didn’t benefit me today. I laid on the ramp for about ten minutes. Before getting up I called work and told them what had happened. I was already late so 1/2 point would be against me; I was hoping that I wouldn’t be too late otherwise I would be there later than I scheduled.

I also told them  that I wanted to take stock of my body to make sure I didn’t get injured more than it felt at that point. After talking with them,  I slowly got up being careful to hold the railing and worked my way up the ramp to the front door.

I could barely walk. I went to my computer and sat down. After sitting for a few minutes, I felt that it didn’t feel so awful anymore and that I should try to work, and if I couldn’t then I would just have to go home early. That would be frowned upon just as much as being late, and a 1/2 point may be added although I don’t know about that for sure as it would be the same day and circumstances.

I got up from my chair, and slowly tried to walk to the other room. I barely made it four steps when I knew I wouldn’t be able to work in this condition. I called them again to let them know I wasn’t coming in at all.

Originally, I wasn’t planning on going to ER as I couldn’t afford to, but when everything (knees, ankle and back) hurt just walking, I decided maybe I needed to go in to the annex of the hospital that treats situations that aren’t emergencies.

We, my husband and myself, ate a quick breakfast and then headed out. It took a while to arrive as today was the Thanksgiving parade and a lot of the streets were blocked off. Because of the parade, there weren’t many people waiting to get help and I got taken care of in record time.

After the doctor there checked me out and took x-rays just to be sure, we found out that nothing was broken, nor did I tear any ligaments or tendons. I did sprain both knees and the doctor recommended knee replacements within the next few years as I do have calcium deposits and other issues affecting each knee.

I can only walk short distances, mostly I’m using my husband’s walker. Thankfully, he only needs it for when he takes a shower.

He doesn’t take it into the shower with him, (my comment might sound like he does), but he needs it to get out of the shower, as he leaves his prosthetic outside of the tub. Somehow he uses the walker and the handicap bars to pull himself out of the shower.

In a few minutes, I’m heading to bed to prop my knees up and put ice packs on them, which I have to do for at least thirty minutes four times daily. I’m taking a book with me to get some reading done, unless I decide to get some sleep.

So, again when at all possible do your best to slow down so you don’t have to hurry about your day. If need be get in the habit of leaving earlier than usual so you aren’t late. If it’s a situation where others are making you late, then you might consider it may be to help you stay out of a calamity coming up.

If we consider how long different tasks will take and schedule our time appropriately, and even figure in some extra time, then we won’t be affected by the feelings of being late anymore and we may even accomplish more.

We get people in the store that get upset because they should have left already to pick up their children from school or an after school activity or something similar. If they had come shopping sooner, or got what they really needed and shopped for the remainder of their list when no one was waiting for them, then they would be able to be at the next stop on time.

The one thing with shopping, whether for groceries, or any retail store, or even any other place like going out to eat at a restaurant, rarely can a person control the experience. They can’t control how long it takes to shop, or get their food at a restaurant, they can’t control how long the lines might be or anything related to most of what we do outside our own homes.

Even going to the doctor takes up more of our time than we would like or expect. Another aspect is making reservations at busy restaurants. Even with reservations, or doctor appointments, it doesn’t ensure a quick in and out, it just means you are next in line; when you arrive, you might find others still in line that should have been long gone rather than still waiting.

So, plan your day. Take into account what errands you hope to get done, and consider how long it could take if it takes a lot longer than usual. Do you (or I) have the extra time to be there? Would it be better to wait to say shop until after a spouse is home to watch the kids or have a babysitter pick them up from their activity?

What can we do different to help us all stop hurrying so much? Pre-planning will help us be able to slow down, and in turn will help us eliminate situations that cause us distress and then we should no longer feel the need to hurry.

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