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What to Do With Those In Between Times

Published April 6, 2013 6:01 PM by Glen McDaniel

 It is April and here in the Deep South every day is a guessing game. My daffodils are  just shedding their colorful blooms and I can see tender buds tentatively peeking out from the trees in the backyard.

The last couple of weeks have brought thunderstorms, snow, nippy keep-the-heat-on days closely followed by shorts and T-shirt weather.  I keep an umbrella and a jacket in my car just in case. This weather reminds me of what my grandmother used to call in-between times.

An in-between time could be a period of unemployment, location to a new city, end of a relationship or even a death in the family. Those are all times when there is much change and unpredictability. It is very human and very tempting to become depressed and immobilized.

As with the currently weather here in Atlanta, changes -while stressful- can be an opportunity to plan and regroup. This can be an ideal time to prepare without the added pressure of a short deadline. In a rushed and hectic life we often feel unprepared for every new onslaught. An in-between time can be that welcome
interlude to take a breath, do some research and even look more critically at possible options.

This is also a time to take care of other often neglected responsibilities. Whether doing the laundry or baking,
for example, you don't usually just sit there and watch the process.  Do you? You tend to use your time to do other things. This is the classic definition multitasking: using the same period of time to accomplish several tasks.

 I have used a period of unemployment to study and obtain a certification, to use a prepaid ticket to visit my folks in Toronto and to catch up on reading my stack of "must reads."  Not only did I feel that I accomplished something useful, but I was so engrossed and stimulated, I did not sit around and pine and obsesses. I learned what it really meant to turn a challenge into an opportunity.

In between times don't last (thank goodness) and that recognition by itself is a relief.  But rather than simply waiting them out, think of ways to use them to your advantage.

3 comments

Those can be the hardest times in a person's life. If we can somehow get the courage to take advantage of the time instead of concentrating totally on the challenges we'll be fine. Thanks for reminding us of this.

Karen Mc., MT April 26, 2013 4:06 PM
Greensboro SC

It is really hard to think straight when I am going through stress. I know what I need to do, but it is not easy just ignoring your problems when they are crashing down on you.

Professionally w ehave been through a lot. I have lost jobs, been fired, lost a director who died and even had to retrain to do a new job after being an MT for 25 years specializing in one area.

I have bounced back. But it is hard to stay positive when you cant pay the bills or your job is threatened or your loved ones die.

I am not disagreeing with you. I am just saying it is hard.

Miranda T April 11, 2013 5:20 PM

Thank you Glen. I needed this reminder right about now. I just happen to be in one of those times and was obsessing on what happened to me.

There is so much I need to do right now and I just wasn't doing anything other than being upset, depressed and angry.

I needed to hear these words today.

Bella G., MT (ASCP) April 6, 2013 9:07 PM
ATLANTA GA

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