Nothing like a trip to the Emergency Room to deliver some perspective to my frontal lobe. Crisis mode brings with it a tunnel vision and clarity of purpose that helps me know exactly which things need to be done and in what order. No wasted effort, no hesitation, just get ‘er done, stat.
Like Tyler Durden of Fight Club said, the “ability to let that which does not matter truly slide” was my guiding force, and everything that really needed doing got done, and nothing else. Perhaps I should behave this way everyday…
The vital signs are stable, the patient is in good hands, the childcare has been arranged. The adrenaline has subsided and the fatigue of past 26 hours of stress and worry is washing over me in waves. We’re out of danger, thankfully, though the next few weeks will be tough and all my carefully crafted summer plans are on hold.
Life just delivered a resounding backhand and I survived the blow. Time to shut it down and rest.