Hustle and Long Days In Caring For Others
You don’t usually think of hustle and long days in caring for others. You have the medical side in your mind instead. Keeping your long days filled will not overwhelm your hustle.
The dictionary states that hustle is doing things in an aggressive manner, or to shake things up. I want to share what else it means. When you take the effort into doing something and add some hustle you get a better outcome. You tend to put more into it.
Are you giving your 110% into caring for others? Making sure that you did your best and learned what you needed to have the best outcome. When people are sincerely motivated to shake up their challenges, the results are astonishing.
The better the hustle, the better the effort. With that comes the burning sensation to keep going, to focus more on the things that need to be done, or the research that will get you ahead.
There is no such thing as losing when we have made the best effort. And when we have made the best effort, we are not fearful of adversity, nor are we deterred when we face it.
What comes of this, is patience and knowledge to keep going and challenge what is around us. We start to learn when to fight and when to hold still.
When you are in your hustle mode, just remember others around you, you do not know their story or what they are up to. Drawing them in isn’t always the best idea, just observe first them see where they fit.
I remember one day when it was a hurry up and wait kind of day. We actually had a lot of those. This was a day Don had surgery, it was going to be 6 or 7 hours and I needed to find something to do. If not I was going to go crazy.
How I filled my day to not overwhelm my hustle and long days.
I found a bench and watched people. I had all day and this is what I experienced.
Humans; what an interesting breed. You can characterize them in so many different ways. Short, tall, wide, thin, all different colors and then there is male and female. But have you actually sat down on a bench somewhere and really watched them. If you haven’t you need to. That can be the most entertaining part of your day.
For instance, find yourself a bench anywhere and you will see most of them. Mind you a hospital atmosphere is a little different. If you have a window you can see the ones outside and inside.
Being there early, is when the morning exerciser is out. They come fast, or slow depending on how often they do it. You get the morning strollers, or the ones who take their dogs for a walk. Even though I think it is the dogs who take them for a walk.
As I sat there with others having loved ones in surgery too, there are sad faces, people chatting with family or ones finding a couch to curl up and sleep. Then there are the ones that are in the morning hustle and bustle of trying to get to work, or looking for direction and answers.
You have the ones who are early, get their morning coffee, join you on the bench and stroll off to the office after reading the paper. Then the ones who are robots, do the same thing every time day in and day out. You could set your watch to that bunch.
Then comes the; watch out; late ones. These are the people who like to sleep or stay out to late. They come flying by half-dressed, coffee spilling because they forgot to tighten the lid or forgot it all together. After it spills out they need to buy another one. When you are done laughing or just trying to stay out of their way you can let yourself breathe again.
As your morning goes on, you get to see the older folks venture out, they seem to have a different point of view on the world. Some will go by and grumble, others act like they are teenagers again. They have their stories and somewhere in the conversation will say “well you know, it used to be like this”.
As lunch time rolls around, you have your group that wants a full course meal at that sit down restaurant. The ones who grab whatever is in the cafeteria or at the corner vending machine because they only have so many minutes before that meeting or deadline. Or, the ones that make their lunches and sit on the bench with you, or find a tree, or eat at their desk and then run as many errands as possible in the shortest amount of time.
By the time afternoon comes, things slow down a bit. You get the ones tired of sitting and waiting, and by then are going barefoot, and the ones who are starting to pace as the doctors start to roll in and out with each procedure done.
Evening just sort of blends into the afternoon, because most of them are oblivious to the world around them. They get pushy, impatient, rude and downright mean. But if you keep looking, there can be that person who hasn’t a care in the world and just goes along weaving in and out of all the others like they were not even there.
You get the most gracious ones, and the “I will help you with that” ones. And depending on which bench you are on, there can be the second round of workers coming into work. Having slept all day they are ready to go and usually pass with a slap on the hand, or a see you later greeting.
When the lights come on, the late crowd comes out of the woodwork. The parties start, the TVs get turned on and the commuters go to wherever they are going. And the cycle starts all over again.
What this taught me was to always keep things with me to occupy my day. A good book, some writing, games on my phone and having that variety will change things up so you don’t get bored as easy and they day will go faster.
Keep up your hustle and make your longs day filled with things that can help you smile.
When hardship, sickness and pain takes your life to the left, there is a way to keep smiling. Hi, my name is Sandy and I am “The Mindset Muse”
I help others who have been forced into being a caregiver, juggling emotions, career, family, schedules and struggle keeping it all together to find their way through.
Look around and see how I can help you!