Day 34 ~ 177 Days of Unexpected Health Project

“Pardon the Interruption…”

Phone rings. Text message dings, “New Message;” land line isn’t answered so cell phone rings. Inbox is bolded, indicating a new email is awaiting attention. Client walks in, needs immediate answer. Any of this sound familiar? We are inundated with communication needs. In person, online, all the time…how do we ever get anything done? Well sometimes, in a given day, we don’t. Other days, an hour might go by without any interruptions. These days are rare gems, and I’d like to dig up a few more of these peaceful times. But today, in the midst of countless phone calls, discussions, needs, and agendas, I discovered some Unexpected Health…while being interrupted.

Having disruptions in your day can be downright annoying. You lose your train of thought. Your lose your place. You forget what the heck you are doing, where you are going, and what you needed to do. And at the end of the day, all of your interruptions just push back the day’s tasks onto tomorrow, creating a snowball effect of work to be done that isn’t getting done because you keep getting interrupted. Today was one of those days for me. I had a laundry list of “To Dos” (don’t we all?), and I think at the end of the day, I accomplished 2 of approximately 10 items on that list. As I was driving home from work, having had a very long, seemingly unproductive day, I thought about WHO interrupted me. And there it was…shiny and bright like my health ‘a has’ always are; the people who I considered an interruption to my task list day were–I believe–put in front of me to help refocus my attention. And getting our focus adjusted is healthy.

As I have mentioned before, I can be a little bit of a dreamer. I can think big, bigger, huge! At times, this is necessary to expand. At other times, when tediousness is needed, I can get overwhelmed with the details. Today was one of those “dream big” days. My mind was infiltrated with ideas, opportunities, and awareness about my business. But specific people came waltzing through the door or called me right as I started expending unneeded energy on a plan or vision that was not an immediate concern. They helped me focus…and refocus.

People keep us grounded…especially us dreamers. Others can see what is oftentimes a blindside for us. I find that those who tend to interrupt us the most (kids come to mind here), are some of the best teachers for us. They tug on the bottom of our shirts, trying to redirect our vision, to get our attention. The people who crossed my path today showed me where my focus should be. I believe people very intentionally ‘show up’ in our lives when we need their perspective, their guidance…even their interruption. So the next time you feel bombarded with people from all communication outlets, try not to focus on the distraction. Focus on the healthy guidance that person may be trying to show you. And if all else fails, ‘disconnect’ for a while. Just because we have cell phones attached to our hips does not mean we always have to answer.  -Until tomorrow, Jaime

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