Have you ever arrived home from the gym only to find that you left something there? Or worse yet, you didn’t realize you left an item there until you couldn’t find it, and by that time it was no longer in the lost-and-found? I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have had both of these things happen to me. Just off the top of my head I can tell you that I have lost a swimsuit, swim bottoms, goggles, as well as all of my toiletries. It’s very frustrating not only because losing things can get expensive, but it is also a big disruption to my routine when I have to go buy something before I can go to the gym again.
Several months ago I tried to figure out what I could do to solve this problem. The more I thought about it, I realized that what I was doing at work would help me in this situation as well. I work as a phlebotomist (I draw blood for lab tests) and we have to make sure that we do specific things to identify each patient and prevent germs from being spread. The first hospital that I worked at trained us to follow a very specific routine so that we wouldn’t forget to do anything. What was great about it was that once I had the routine down, I never had to worry whether I had forgotten to do any of the numerous things that I was required to do. And if I got interrupted mid-process, I was able to go back to the point where I had left off, and I knew immediately that I had completed everything up to that point.
When I was at work not too long ago, I had to keep a patient waiting for quite some time. Not only was I having computer issues, but I had to give my attention to another problem as well. When I finally called the patient back to the room, I apologized for making her wait so long. I was completely blown away when she calmly told me that it was no problem, and that if there was one thing that she was good at, it was being patient. Being a very impatient person myself, I was intrigued and I asked her to tell me more. She described how even as a child, it never bothered her to wait for things and she was always told that she had the patience of Job. The more she told me, the more convinced I became that patience was this woman’s superpower.
From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health. ~Catalan Proverb
As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate. ~Sandra Boynton
Today’s thought is in honor of my Mom and Dad who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary today!
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Author Unknown
I know not by what methods rare
But this I know, God answers prayer.
I know that He has given His Word,
Which tells me prayer is always heard,
And will be answered, soon or late.
And so I pray and calmly wait.
I know not if the blessing sought
Will come in just the way I thought;
But leave my prayers with Him alone,
Whose will is wiser than my own,
Assured that He will grant my quest,
Or send some answer far more blest.
(Eliza M. Hickok, “Prayer,” The Best Loved Religious Poems, ed. James Gilchrist Lawson, New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1933, p. 160)
This is a true story that I was told this past week and it was so touching that I wanted to share it with all of you.
A major grocery store had an employee meeting where they challenged each and every one of their workers to focus on how they could make memories for their customers. One of the employees was a bagger by the name of Johnny, who also happened to have Downs Syndrome. Johnny wanted to take on this challenge but felt like there wasn’t much a person in his position could do. After giving it some thought, he came up with an idea. Each night, with the help of his Dad, he would find an inspirational thought and print it out on small papers and sign his name to each one. Each day as he bagged groceries, he would slip one of the papers into the bags of groceries.
One day, after about a month, Johnny was at work and the checkout line grew so long that it went clear into the produce department. The store manager noticed this and began calling extra cashiers to the front and opened several extra lanes. The manager announced that they could now help some of the customers in the newly opened checkout lanes. But no one moved. So the manager personally began inviting customers to move to the newly opened lanes. Again, no one moved. When the manager began asking why no one would move out of line, they all explained that they wanted to be in Johnny’s line to get his thought of the day. One elderly woman even explained how she used to come to the grocery store only once a week but now she stopped almost every day so that she could get Johnny’s thought of the day.
You see, one person CAN make a difference in the world and sometimes small things are all it takes.
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.