At work, the day was filled with dilemmas and situations that were occurring simultaneously--requiring trouble shooting and cooperation of co-workers---and when I thought I would meet resistance or frustration, instead solutions were found.
When the one hour conference call ran over into lunchtime, it was no big deal---everyone on the line was patient and we ended the meeting with a few laughs in the spirit of cooperation. It was great.
When one of my colleagues was frustrated, I went into rescue mode and said: "Take a deep breath, it's okay." And she did and it helped her. We went on to resolve an issue together. It involved a phone call. The lady on the other end of the phone was very patient and kind, even when I got the email address wrong and she had to repeat it 3 times. At the end of the phone call, I told my colleague that "Everything happens for a reason and it is okay. It will work itself out and I am here to help you". And she believes that all things happen for a reason.
My anticipated early day out of the office at 2 PM didn't happen, but it was okay.
My plans to get a pedicure with my a friend was postponed until another time-but that was okay. I decided to go anyway.
I ended up at the nail salon after work. I signed in and waited about 30 minutes, noticing there were quite a few people on the wait list. I could have gotten frustrated and postponed my pedicure for another day, but I was really looking forward to it. While I was waiting, I counted 15 customers and a dog (yes, a little cuddle dog) in the shop. There was one young boy, and he patiently played a video game for those 2 hours while his Mom got her nails done. I continued to patiently await my turn. I took notice to the 3 Vietnamese employees and how they each patiently and methodically kept doing their work, never appearing frustrated nor stressed. It took 2 hours before my my toes finally were immersed in the tub. I enjoyed every minute of service, and my young nail specialist was still working as hard as ever. I was very thankful for the good job she did.
I decided to go to Walmart and pick up 2 items. I got into a line with one person in the line and he was in a motorized shopping cart and had the front basket full. I thought, "This will go quickly". Nope. Almost every item was produce that the cashier had to look up and weigh it for the unit price. I had a very brief feeling of impatience, but I quickly over came it, and waited my turn. We chit chatted, and the cashier was pleased we both pronounced her name correctly.
As I pulled out of Walmart parking lot, I came up behind a car who was sitting at the stop sign not moving. I thought, "Ok God....are you still testing my patience?" He was. And I sat behind the car for about a minute, until the driver decided it was time to go. It was no biggie, no frustration, I did not honk my horn--I actually laughed out loud.
So my lesson for today is to be patient and kind--- because you can. Remember, you decide how you react to every situation. And as my Mother always says: "Don't get your liver in a quiver!"
Here's to Good Health and Much Happiness,
Your Friend Dr. Younger You :)
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