Attention and Intention

Get thee to the hospital for tests.

Today, very early, on an empty stomach
I had to go the the hospital
for those yearly blood tests and my first
bone density test. No biggie, just time.

The waiting room was crowded at
7:15 a.m. People stuffed, close together
in uncomfortable chairs.
You know the kind that always make you fidget.
I was noticing(the Attention part), that everyone
took great pains not to make eye contact
with anyone else.  As if germs could be
transmitted with a mere glance. Or our eyes
were laser weapons or some such nonsense.

I chose to sit on the opposite side of the
room, near the dreaded cardiology sign
next to an older gentleman who smiled
as I sat down and said hello.  He was a
larger than life kind of guy, baseball cap,
comfy but pressed sweatshirt, burly in
an athletic football player way and he
spoke loudly. When he spoke, the
rest of the people waiting in their
cramped, crowded chairs jumped
and they all turned to look
at him as if he were an alien from another
planet. Talking no talking.

I was amused and bewildered at the same
time.  I have been trying for quite a while
now to say hello to people, acknowledge
those around me and it is startling to realize that
people don’t want to engage AT ALL.
I was thinking about John Candy in
the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles
and how he was open and affable and the
stuffy Steve Martin didn’t get it until
the end, that John Candy’s character
was the real deal.

Anyhoo, the gentleman and I chatted pleasantly
until he left and it was the highlight
of a rather dreary waiting game.
I am glad he spoke up,
I am glad we chatted, I am glad
people stared at us(were their tentacles
rising from the top of our heads?)
I am glad I thanked the technicians for their
professionalism and kindness, especially
the gal who drew 4 vials of blood. I thanked
her for being gentle and she seemed really
touched that someone would notice
and acknowledge her.

It made my morning, in a way that would
otherwise have been dreary if I had
sat like a lump and avoided eye contact
and not engaged.

As we mosey into March
I am trying a new approach

with this month’s collage(the Intention part).
(Which thanks to Connie Hozvicka who wrote about intention in
one of her recent posts) got me
thinking of all those yoga intentions
and today, which was hectic,
brought my intention to the word

Some pasting, some stitching, some dimension

3 Responses to “Attention and Intention”

  1. Mrs Moen March 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Simple and pretty. I love how the stitced lines move your eyes upwards.
    By the way; I'm the kind of person who smiles at strangers and often gets talked to. It makes waiting and travelling and life so much more pleasant. I love Planes, trains and automobiles and hope to be somwhere in the middle of those extremes:-)

  2. Lis March 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    I wanted to let you know, I have a Beautiful Blogger Award for you over at my "pad" if you want to come and pick it up!

  3. amy March 4, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    I agree with your germ observation. I have been thinking lately that when we aren't sick and go to the dr. we should disenfect so we don't get sick at the dr.! I try to say thank you as well and I am sure you were one of the only ones who did. Even if it's their job it's still a nice thing to say I think.

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