When something is going on in your life and you have to wait – whether the situation is positive or negative – that time can sometimes drive you a little batty. But there’s a better way to look at it.
A few years ago I had to have a bone marrow biopsy. Ouch! From the time I found out I had to have it done till the time of the procedure was 10 days! And the anxiety of waiting was horrible.
I imagined everything possible about this biopsy: the pain, the procedure, the results, would I have a reaction and so on. It didn’t help that I got on the internet and watched YouTube videos of the procedure, read endless accounts of people’s reactions and what they went through. Note to self: Don’t do this in the future!
Finally, the day I had the biopsy done, I was nervous but at the same time so glad the day was here because I was ready to get it over with. But after it was done, I remember thinking: I was so anxious about nothing. Now, I will say it hurt! It wasn’t pleasant at all but if I had to have it done again, I’ll do my best not going to worry about it as much. And even though my results came back showing an illness, I was still okay.
What I learned was for 10 days I wasted my precious time on worry and anxiety. And you know what? There wasn’t one thing I could do about it – nothing! I had to have to procedure to get an accurate diagnosis. But I wasted so much time on worry instead of enjoying the present moment.
There will be those stress filled times where you can’t help but worry – we all have them. But I will do my best to stay in the moment. Do relaxation exercises. Maybe some more “me” time. Work on those creative pursuits, letting that help with the feelings of stress. In other words, stay more in the present instead of living in the future.