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The 2018 Finish line # 4 A Moment to Pause

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Yesterday I assisted my nursing staff with a patient who needed changed. She was restless and a bit agitated. It took 4 of us to get the task completed. It was only 2 months ago that her and her significant other were on some scaffolding doing some much needed work on the house. It didn’t go quite as planned when an issue with the riser happened. The scaffolding broke loose and she went tumbling down, hitting her head on the ground . Her significant other tumbled down on top of her causing her head to hit a second time on the pavement. She cushioned his fall and he was able to walk away with only minor injuries. As I help in holding her down and reassuring her that all is ok and we are just here to help her. She looked at me with that confused, deer in the headlights look and tears welted up In my eyes. A life.. a journey.. changed forever. When the task was complete the nursing staff stood by the patient for just a moment. There was no hustle and bustle. There was no chatting. A moment of stillness was in the room.

I returned to my office and began to wonder. I know one can not dwell on the “what if’s” ? In a
situation. But I couldn’t help but question , were they in a hurry ? What if they had just slowed down? What if they had just paused for one moment and reassessed? Re-examined the goal? Surveyed the area one more time ? Would they have been successful and prevented this life altering incident? What if for just one moment there was focus.. just one moment of stillness

It was a slow, slick drive home in blizzard conditions. Blowing snow made for poor visibility. I had to focus on the task ahead of arriving to my destination safely. When I arrived home I decided to pop out the journal and write about my day’s happenings and my journey ahead. I reread the first pages where I had planned out my goals. I read the activities of the past few weeks. Boy, have I been busy and hard at work trying to make my goals happen. I have had very little recovery time. I have been on the go go go. There was no stillness. There was no pause. I wonder how much more successful I will be if I take more time away from the “play “ button and pushed the “pause “ button.

A trainer once told me that although hard work is important the most success, the most powerful accomplishment comes from how you recover from the hard work . The progress comes from the “pause “ “Wise people know that when you are intentionally..., still. You become the real kind of powerful “ My sparkfriends I am giving you that sweet little nudge. In the hustle and bustle of life. And the busyness of your journey. While we are working like mad to smash those goals let’s not forget to build in a little “stillness” time. Time to slow down. Time to reassess and re-examine the goals. Time to focus and meditate. Let’s survey the area one more time . And while we are busy pushing play, let’s not forget to take a moment and ... pause.
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    You can always make me stop and think.
    759 days ago
    Thank you for such a thoughtful blog. You inspire me
    760 days ago
    Wow, I see now, what you mean. Thank you, for your wisdom, it's too easy to get caught in the sprint, and it should be the marathon.
    761 days ago
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    How very sad for your patient, and a grim reminder for all of us............how quickly life can change. In a busy life, that need to pause can be challenging. In training for anything, the excitement or desire to meet those goals quickly can cause us to forget about the need for rest days and the benefit of recovery time! Great blog!
    761 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2018 8:18:17 AM
    761 days ago
    Yes, we need to take our time and thing through things. Such a sad outcome for that woman, and her DH, too, I am sure.

    HUGS to you
    761 days ago
    Well said. We are "busy" and too often feel guilty about stepping back and living in the moment. We should not fear stillness but regard it as a chance to recoup, to learn, to enjoy and to reconnect with ourselves and others.
    761 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I think that's partly how I got hurt last month while at the Y. I had been pushing myself too hard and because I hadn't been giving myself enough down time or time to recover/recoup I ended up getting hurt. Now, I'm having to do Physical Therapy to get my hip/leg to where it should be. I hope I've learned my lesson to not push myself so hard and take the time to recoup from my exercising. I have a tendency to push, push, push and then I end up getting hurt. Hopefully I've learned my lesson this time. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon
    761 days ago
    Good food for thought. Sometimes I do feel a need to slow down, take a step back and smell the roses, as they say. But I also feel the need to live each day to its fullest. We just never know what might happen.
    761 days ago
    Wise words, my friend. Do not rush so much as to imperil the goal... do not overtrain... do not overcommit... pause and recover. And timely for me!

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