How Late Is Late?
I am one of those guys who arrives either on time or a little early. For most of my friends who run late, it’s a little annoying. Sometimes I get to a party and the host is still at the grocery store. I’m thinking, really! Your invitation said 7 p.m. for dinner, and I’m starving. Where are the appetizers?
The host will come rushing in at five minutes after seven, not showered, start throwing things at me to prepare. And I, of course, do what I can to help. But really, is this the way we want to conduct ourselves?
When I’m teaching a yoga class and someone comes in during a meditation, and he or she snaps a mat against the floor and acts as if no one else is there, I wonder how narcissistic can a person be. I truly don’t mind if people come in during class, if they are considerate of other people’s space and energy. But this noisy crap makes me want to scream.
I’m sitting here waiting for a client right now who said that she plumb forgot she had an appointment today, and that she would be right over. Well, it has been well over 25 minutes and still no client is sitting in my chair. I had to call my next client and tell her to expect me to be later, even though I will try to only give the late client 35 minutes out of the hour. Sometimes it’s just hard to get a hypnosis session in that quickly.
If you are someone who is habitually late for things, think of the disrespect that you are causing others. Life is not just about you. If you have a problem in this area, work on it. There are plenty of psychological article written about late people that discuss that it may be hiding other issues such as depression, ADD, ADHD, and substance abuse.
The website: www.wikihow.com/Stop-Running-Late discusses 11 steps on how to overcome lateness. I like the ideas. They seem to be simple and an easy challenge for someone with chronic lateness.