Slow Down

Monday's Musings

We tend to run faster when we have lost our way.

I've seen it, done it, and will probably do it again. Bad idea, this running faster thing. The faster I run, the more problems I run into, and the fewer problems I solve. A steady, productive pace is needed most times, even when another person's life is at stake.

One of the more intimidating challenges I've faced is being in charge of an ALS unit during a cardiac arrest. The first few times my natural inclination to go faster took over, and I was three steps ahead of myself rather than focusing on what I was doing. 

I've learned to slow down, take each task as one accomplishment that has a beginning and an end, then move on to the next one. I've also learned to trust people, and to delegate. Many hands make light work a wise man once said, and it is great advice.

 

2 Comments

  • Daniel says:

    Another good saying that was shared with me when i cleared as a paramedic is, "slow is smooth; smooth is fast". Especially on my critical patients, i find myself always coming back to it. 

  • JoeEMT799 says:

    Brings back great memories of Lt. Bobby Mac (RIP) "calmness in mayhem"

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