For several days I have been thinking about McDonald’s Caramel Iced Coffees. Yes, I know this is a strange thing to think about over an extended period of time, but I never ever said I wasn’t weird! What I kept thinking about was not the deliciousness (and they are delicious), or the caffeine, it was about consistency. I can order the same thing and depending on who’s making it there is no telling what I will get. Size may vary, recipe is sure to vary (particularly by shift), store makes a difference too. Anyway, since I really enjoy having my caramel coffees, I get really aggravated when I can’t get a consistently made coffee. But as I have been considering this I also found myself turning my vision inward. How consistent am I in things. I found I wasn’t very pleased with the answer. There are certain things I feel I should be doing everyday without fail. If I manage 50% of these things 75% of the time I feel pretty satisfied with myself. So I can complain about my coffees all I want, but what I really need to consider is fixing my own consistency problems before I start having a fit over something as mundane as a McDonald’s coffee. At least that is what I think.
While we are still travelling around the world, that doesn’t exactly stop me from thinking and therefore, does not stop me from sharing! Sometimes I feel as though chaos reigns over my world. I do not like this. To be honest, in this instance, I do not really care how the dictionary defines chaos, it doesn’t matter because I have my definition and I am aware when it has struck, and it has.
Chaos is when you can’t hold a thought in your head for very long. And when I say very long, I mean like a full minute. Chaos is feeling all the things you need to do and all the things you want to do spinning about you at such a velocity you are sure that any decent weather man would classify you as an F5 tornado.
Chaos is also when your emotions are such that you can’t tell what you feel. You’ve heard people say about the weather where they live being so changeable, “If you don’t like the weather wait five minutes and it will change!” Well, that is what emotional chaos is like. Someone asks you, “How are you today?” How do you answer when one second you are great and then the next you are irritable, and then you are happy again.
So what to do about chaos? Well, the chaos that I have described above, not too much. So you take control of what you can. For me tonight it will be to clean. I am just going to start tackling stuff until I feel like I have taken charge of something, anything. And then I’ll breathe a little easier.
Anyway, that is what I think!
For starters it is the quality of being timely, so I had to look up timely and here is what good old Miriam-Webster‘s had to say:
As an adverb:
1. archaic: early or soon
2. in time : opportunely
As an adjective:
1. coming early or at the right time
2. appropriate or adapted to the times or the occasion
So timeliness equates to the quality of being early, on time, opportune, appropriate.
For starters today I am not going to tell you what I think, rather I’m going to tell you what I don’t think. Timeliness is not…
going over the speed limit, zigzagging around cars and running red lights to get to work on time. Or to get to anything for that matter, on time.
pushing your way to the front of the line so you can be waited on first.
talking on your cell phone about the hot date you had last night for 20 minutes after you clocked into work.
asking someone into your office for a meeting on time but then making them wait until you show up, get off the phone, finish reading something, finish texting, etc.
Okay, so hopefully you get the idea. Now please don’t think that I don’t understand that sometimes stuff happens. But it shouldn’t be all the time. In fact, it really ought to be a rarity. I remember the days when being late to work would get you fired. And with the economy as it is, that is something to start worrying about now too. There are plenty of people out there that want a job and can be on time.
It is interesting though, that being on time is not all that the word timeliness is about though. It is also about being opportune and appropriate. Timely is showing up at a time when needed. And it is showing up to the right place too. Arriving at the dentist when you were supposed to be at the hospital checking in for your much-needed heart surgery, that would be pretty untimely.
So here is what I think, or rather what I hope. I hope that all of you out there try to get to the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude. I hope you will, by leaving early, do it safely. I hope that you consider others and their time as much, if not more than, you consider yourself and your own time.