I haven’t been to the dentist in way too many years. After the
nagging comments from my husband, my MIL, and my own head, I decided to make an appointment. Today was the day, ack! I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to cancel. Or hoped that they would call and cancel, or my husband wouldn’t make it home to watch Haley so I wouldn’t be able to go, or there would be an issue with my insurance and I would have to reschedule (I thought up many escape strategies, and I only really had one day to think about it).
But I went. And as I sat in the waiting room shaking- I’m not kidding, I was physically shaking, I could barely fill out the paper work- and contemplating just walking out of the waiting room, I went to facebook to distract me. As I was scrolling through FB, I saw this picture:
(ok, it wasn’t this exact photo, but the saying was the same and that’s what’s important!)
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows>”- Ralph Marston
Then it hit me, I could leave and continue to worry about my teeth while they progressively get worse and eventually have major dental issues on my hands, or I could suck it up and be a big girl and save a load of stress and keep my teeth. So, I stayed… and I dealt with it. And WOW! I feel better than I have for awhile. I have a few more dental appointments in my near future(a deep cleaning and a few fillings), and while things aren’t wonderful, at least I know my teeth aren’t going to fall out in my sleep (am I the only one who has this dream?). Alright, so I probably would have stayed regardless, but these words did help me remember why I was there.
As you may have guessed, I have a tendency to put things off. Sometimes to the last minute, sometimes way past that. I don’t know why I do this. Not only does not dealing with these types of things not make them any better, 99% of the time they get worse, so much worse. And I’m tired of it! I am tired of stressing about things rather than dealing with them. I’m 30 years old for goodness sake (there’s a child who’s learning to talk in the home, gotta watch the language).
At the beginning of the year, a bunch of people were talking about their words. The word they will live by for this year. I sorta thought about it and the word I liked was “proactive” but I didn’t really feel it. Another blogger, Katie from Katie did What used a phrase instead of a word, and I liked that idea, but still nothing jumped out at me. When I read this quote, it all fit together. I need to think more long term, deal with problems as they arise, take care of things before they become problems. I have said this to myself before, more than once. And honestly, I don’t know if I mean it more today than I did before, but I really am getting frustrated with myself for doing this.
So here is my pledge: I will no longer leave things for Future Lauren to figure out. I will handle things as soon as they arise, or as soon as I can. This applies to everything from picking up little messes around the house, to putting money away for the future. Here it is again:
It’s amazing what a simple phrase can do for you when it comes to you at the right moment.
Ok, so I feel like I just made my self sound totally irresponsible, which I’m not, but we all have our bad habits…right?