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Chapter 18 Five minutes Idealizing a day makes you super-efficient

Someone once said, “Order is Heaven's first Law.” Who it was I do not know. It was first said thousands of years ago and I am not old enough to remember. But the saying being old and persisting through the ages, I know it must be very true else the race would not have conceived it and kept it alive in our consciousness. Heaven is the Kingdom of God. Order is God's first Law. Without order in the process of your thinking and order in the act of doing things, ideals and desires do not come true. The value of idealizing a series of things to be done before starting to do them is well illustrated by this experience:

The Scene: Office of a physician in a South American city. City just visited by cyclone; destruction freaky as to places; some telephone exchanges in order; houses here and there almost completely destroyed; many others not damaged; yet scores of people severely injured by falling walls.

The Work to be Done: As the cyclone passed, many telephone messages begged the physician's immediate assistance. The first asked him to hurry to a certain place to attend a woman whose scalp was torn and who evidently was suffering from internal injuries, and he was about to leave when the second message from another place begged him to come there at once and attend a man with a broken leg and an injured back. Message followed message, -two score and more, each of which he listed. It was then he changed his plans; and even though he realized that each case should be attended quickly, he did not rush off.

The First Thing He Did: He took the receiver from his telephone, for there was no need of listing more calls; these and those he would find, would be all he could attend to. Then for five minutes he sat quietly at his desk, seemingly doing nothing.

The Second Thing: Quickly he wrote a list of medicines, cottons, bandages, etc., and calling his office girl, told her to rush to the druggist at the corner, to insist they be given her at once, and to wait with them outside the druggist's door till he came.

The Third Thing: He telephoned the department store a block beyond the drug store and ordered a clerk to stand ready with fifty blankets at the door of the store.

The Fourth Thing: He rapidly selected from his operating room every instrument that might be necessary in any kind of emergency case.

The Fifth Thing: Taking his bags of instruments and his medicine cases, he ran to his auto at the door; drove to the drug store corner, where -without stopping his machine -he snatched the package from the girl; and continued on to the department store, where he commanded the clerk to dump the blankets in the car.

The Sixth Thing: Then -and only then -did he begin his work of assistance, going rapidly from one injured person to another.

The Result: In no case was anything lacking that was needed; and the records show that during the afternoon he attended twice as many injured as any other physician of the city. The result of his work shows that his efforts of the afternoon were most efficient. But what did he do while sitting at his desk? Did he waste those first five minutes? This is what he did:

First, he idealized all the different kinds of injuries reported to him, and, in addition, all the possible injuries he might be called upon to treat;

Second, he visualized all of the medicines, antiseptics, accessories, etc., that would be required and might be required; visioned his own supply and such a surplus to be obtained at the drug store as would make any lack impossible;

Third, he idealized what should be done at once to aid the future recovery of those injured -the wisdom of wrapping each up in a warm blanket immediately after the first aid -as protection from the after-chill of the storm;

Fourth, he visualized the places where the most seriously injured were reported to be; idealized himself going from one to another by shortest routes; and repeated the process -visioning the places where the less seriously injured were. All this in five minutes!

Yes, the mind -trained to Idealize the Process and knowing that God is in every process -works more rapidly than radio. Were the first five minutes wasted? Those five minutes more than doubled his service that afternoon and evening, and there was no failure to give aid because some necessary thing was lacking. But we -yes, we see the value of Idealizing the Process of Doing Things in an emergency; but we forget that in our lives each hour is an emergency -a call to do the most, live the most.


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