So that picture describes the past month or so of my life.
Basically everything in my life has changed in some way...which I decided can be a bit overwhelming, if you let it be. However I also decided that being overwhelmed by something is allowing yourself to feel unprepared when things change at a pace that you had not anticipated ...which of course has never happened to me...riiiiight...considering everything that has been going on I can honestly say "so far so good"... I am thankful for that.
I was talking a man at work the other day and he said something that really got me thinking...I decided I am going to call it "The Cable Man Theory"...so here it is...
The Cable Man Theory
A man came into the dental office...he was over 20 minutes late, which is equivalent to 2 units of time, which is a pretty big deal in a dental office. He apologized for being late, and said the cable man, who was scheduled to come to his house at 8:00am that morning, never showed up...the man had waited but decided he had better get going to his dental appointment (good thing, he was having a root canal...) This man's appointment was scheduled to begin at 8:30am, but did not being until 9:00am, which isn't exactly the end of the day, and therefore the next appointment scheduled to being at 9:40am did not begin until 10:05am. This appointment was a woman, she was having two cavities filled, but now was worried about being late for a lunch date with a friend which was planned for 11:00am. Earlier than I think most people prefer to eat lunch, but on this particular day, this patient was meeting a friend who was leaving that afternoon for Calgary, to catch a plane headed for Paris, France. The cavities were cleaned out, etched, bonded and filled, and at approximately 11:07am the woman's friend called to ask if she was still coming, the woman assured her friend she would be on her way to the restaurant in "less than 10 minutes" to which the friend responded that she would not be able to keep her lunch plans because now she would not have enough time to eat and still catch her plane...the two said goodbye...over the phone...and I escorted the patient back to the reception area...
I was feeling bad for this patient, she had to miss her lunch date with her friend, and it was our fault because we were behind...no, wait, not our fault, the other mans fault, no the other man's cable guy, if only he had shown up on time, none of this would have had to happen. I let this thought reside in my mind for about a minute or so...and then I thought , "hey, I wonder what happened to the Cable Man this morning..."
That may be kind of a strange example of how to explain what I have been thinking about...but isn't it amazing how 1 decision or one persons actions has influence over so many other things, things, that often, I do not even factor in. Where to live, what career to pursue, what school to go to, who to spend your time with, what to do in that time spent with them...( and I even think what time to go to bed) are the pieces that make up who we are and ultimately our eternal happiness. It is like the famous analogy of the small pebble being thrown into the lake...small ripples turn to big ones. Like my choices, even though they seem menial and unimportant, I have to remember that they WILL have very VERY long term effects....which is exciting.
I read these recently and they also got me thinking.....
- 'How do I love Thee' Elder Hollandhttp://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=024644f8f206c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=8a0251e4b66fb010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1
- 'Timing' Elder Oakshttp://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=d02f74536cf0c010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1
- 'Choose you this day' President Monsonhttp://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=4f54a7b37c11c010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1
Side note** one of my friends introduced me to a song that I cannot stop listening to...I just love it, maybe because it is a guy singing and playing the guitar, maybe because I really like the the part where he sings "look into her green eyes" or maybe I just think it is a great song in every way (and by maybe I mean 100% most definitely)
PETE YORN: A GIRL LIKE YOU
I was listening to it today...in my new car...YAY!