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What I Learned at the Allergist’s Office

Today, I was at the allergist’s office with my daughter – we go two times a week for her allergy shots.  By now, we have gotten pretty accustom to the routine, the office, the staff and typical occurrences that happen on any given afternoon.

Well, this afternoon [as we were waiting out our 30-minute reaction period after she received her shot], a new allergy patient came in.  It was evident the family (or at least the younger siblings) were new because of their fascination with the office.  One of the young siblings caught my attention as he looked around the room.

I can only imagine the waiting room looked much more expansive and exciting to a five year old that it does to me, because he was pretty much excited about everything he saw and was very vocal about it.  HA!  (It was very cute.)

As this boy looked around, he became very excited and said, “Mommy, look!!!  They have a library!! Can I go in that library?”  Well, I wasn’t expecting to hear that… and, I wasn’t sure where he was seeing a library.  But it actually sounded like a fun idea!  Then his mother replied, “That’s not a library.  That is where they keep the records of the patients who come to see the doctor.”  Hey!  I had never looked at it that way…  but, the records room could totally look like a library.  

Although noticeable disappointed, the boy began seeking out other new discoveries he could make in his new surroundings and I left a little more cheerful thanks to the perception that child had.  He had no reason to believe there was not a library full of picture books and fairy tales at the allergist office —- but, what he wished and hoped for grew potential out of what reality really was.  He was innocently hopeful and a bit creative.

What did I learn from a five year old boy in the allergist office??  

  • To resist the reactions I may often have to my common surroundings, tasks, problems and successes.
  • To resist becoming stagnant or allergic to my normal.
  • To resist becoming blind or hesitant towards what’s possible.

Who knows?  I may quite possibly could find a library of potential waiting for me!!



  • What projects could you have gotten done today, if you had a similar outlook to your business as the boy had in the waiting room?
  • What outcome(s) could have been changed with an encounter with a client, if you thought bigger than normal?
  • What dreams do you have that you ignore, that you can’t see them anymore?


TWEET:  What he wished and hoped for grew potential out of what reality really was. #LibraryLessons #LifeLearner @DarlaDHancock

TWEET:  Don’t become stagnant or allergic to your normal —- blind or hesitant towards what’s possible. #libaryofpossible @DarlaDHancock


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