I recently attempted to make some copies on one of those large copy machines and it didn’t seem to be responding. As my patience was waning, I looked down and noticed the message it was showing me: Please wait, self-adjustment in operation. That simple, machine generated message struck me as very profound. There are times when we humans could use one of these messages displayed on our own foreheads.
There have been times in my life that I have become aware of the need to make self-adjustments. These may be better known as attitude adjustments. This usually occurs when I allow my emotions and frustrations to get the better of me. It’s tough in the middle of a stressful moment to see the big picture when all I am focused on are the tiny details that seem to matter so much in that instant. Sometimes I get hung up on elements that in the big scheme of things, don’t really matter that much.
I tend to be a reflector so it’s often that I find myself thinking about conversations after the fact. It’s during these times that I have learned that I must remove myself from a situation in order to see things more clearly. I should just shut down and walk away for time to reflect.
Often times when I do this, I see things very differently than when I was letting my emotions guide me. Not everybody processes stress the same way. Unfortunately, others often misunderstand when I retreat. So if you’re not a reflector, please understand that some of us need you to be patient and wait while we self-adjust.
Yes, I am an emotional being and I love the fact that my emotions run high. I am thankful that God made me the way I am. I want to feel things intensely, laughter and tears alike. How else would I be able to experience euphoria? I know that when I’m troubled, it’s a temporary feeling and I must refrain from making big decisions when my emotions are taking over my brain and my heart. So I think it would be very cool if I had one of those signs that would light up to make it official and remind others and myself that occasionally, I need to take a moment to allow my self-adjustment procedure to run. Please wait!