Well, this morning I went to my Physician (Internist), Dr. Thomas Von Unrug. He is a man who has that unique gift of not only being thorough and matter of fact, but of being able to communicate and make a patient "at ease."
I am one who does not like to go to the Doctor. Is there anyone who does? I have inherited my dislike of doctor visits from my Italian Mom, who believes that once you go to the doctor, they will find something; even if it's not present beforehand, it will be present at your visit.
I woke up late for the appointment, hungry and tired. It is always amazing that even though I was 15 minutes late for the appointment, I still waited 1 hour to get into the long awaited examining room. I think it is fascinating to watch those who are "waiting" to enter an examination room. No one wants to look at one another, let alone talk with one another. Walking into the waiting room, everyone tries to "scout out" where they will sit and God forbid that you must sit next to someone. One man today clearly was nervous, as he sat down, stood up, paced, sat down, turned off his phone, turned it back on -- my heart went out to him.
I also realized that at 42, I was the "kid" in the crowd. I realized that those who were with me this morning were older and seemed to take everything in stride!
Each time that door opens to the back office for the examination rooms, silence becomes instant -- "JAMES" -- Today there were two James and we both got up and we both headed for the door -- My comrade named James headed for the examination room, while I headed for the front door in hopes of escaping!! However, it was my time to journey back for the much needed physical.
No offense, but I really do believe that someone, somewhere needs to design a "better hospital/office gown" -- the patterns, the colors, the style -- just don't flatter the body, the soul or the nerves.
This is the year of UPS! And I ain't speaking of the United Parcel Service. Let’s see: WEIGHT: UP, BLOOD PRESSURE: UP, HEART RATE: UP, CO-PAY: UP, STRESS: UP, AGE: UP, the list goes on . And just in time for LENT. Lent, a time of GIVING UP! A time of INCREASING one’s relationship with Christ through PRAYER, FASTING, ABSTINENCE, and ALMS GIVING.
As I waited in the examining room, praying my rosary, feeling cold and at times alone -- I thought of and prayed for the many people who had also sat in this very room. Some of whom probably received very challenging news. Others who just needed someone to listen or be attuned to their needs. I am sure there are those who are now with God and are reaping their Heavenly reward and I believe that it was essential for me to take the time and be one with them in prayer. To pray for my other brothers and sisters, those strangers in the rooms down the corridor, nonetheless, still human beings in need of others.
I think we are challenged during this LENTEN season to recognize the OBVIOUS and to discover CHRIST in the obscure and hidden. To take the time to reach out to the stranger in the store who may not be able to reach a particular item or is having trouble finding their way. We are challenged to allow the individual needing to pass from one lane to another the opportunity in doing so, instead of being in such a rush that we are one car ahead instead. To recognize that none of us, not you or I, have any "special pass" to the heavenly kingdom and to challenge ourselves to GIVE UP the useless pouting, whining, complaining and pointing of the fingers, so that we may use that energy for increasing our FAITH and increasing our LOVE for the Glory of God.
Everything was UP today -- including my prayers