I’m a Medical Transcriptionist and sometimes because the audio files come from faraway places it’s mumbled and inaudible. Drives me crazy. I have to rewind and try to decipher what the dictator is saying and a lot of time is doing this which ultimately cuts into production. Over and over again, I listen attentively adjusting the speed to no avail. This morning, I noticed an option I’ve been scared to try before. I couldn’t understand what the doctor was saying so after about 15 minutes of this back and forth with frustration building, ready to quit, I decided to risk clicking the button and to my relief and surprise, I heard what he was saying perfectly. I had left many blanks (time stamps as they are known with the company I work for) and was able to fill every one of them in with understandable words.
Loving how God uses everyday occurrences to teach me something, I thought I would share these lessons with you hoping we all take them to heart.
- Time stamps. How often we muddle through just marking time oblivious to the things and people around us. I wonder how many times in how many areas I’ve been content to just go and do, not caring about anything but just going and doing what I have to do. What have I missed? I wonder how many times I’ve just marked time only to reflect later and wonder why I did what I did and what I missed while there. You?
- Settling. How often do we just do things not caring if it’s good or bad but we just do them because we have to, to arrive at the finish line? I could have left that dictation just as it was, sent it in and let QA clean it up and make it presentable to the account and that would have been “good enough” – as long as the document is marked properly it’s perfectly acceptable (and sometimes necessary) it’s okay to do this, but I tried something different (something I was actually hesitant to do, scared of what the outcome would be) and that made all the difference. Why are we so hesitant to try something uncomfortable or different!?
- It’s okay to reset. We keep our cycle going…the way we’ve always done things and that’s okay; that’s good but it isn’t BEST sometimes. We’re getting by just fine, working hard on being content and grateful but there could be so much more. I’m not talking about materialistically (although that’s entirely possible too) but spiritually. We try so hard to “be good”. We make good life choices, even spiritual choices and complete tasks A, B, C and D sometimes wondering what if would be like if we _________ (you fill in the blank – trusted more, believed God with conviction to really believe…tried ____, devoted ourselves more…). Give yourself permission to go farther and deeper with God. Faith requires action. A better life (spiritually and physically) may require better and different choices.
That button made a huge difference in my work day. I’m wondering what else I can reset today. Sometimes a reset may just be what we need. Go ahead. Hit reset!