First of all, I hope you are all having a summer filled with moments of relaxation and sweetness. It has been quite a while since I last wrote for my newsletter and it feels wonderful to reconnect with you all!
So I am a planner. I consider myself one of those organized people who has heavily scheduled days with most of the time slots filled with work, chores or social get togethers. And with all the research that I have read warning me about the dangers of over scheduling, I do it to myself daily. But for the last couple of years I have silently observed how forces greater than myself often times interject themselves into my schedule to shuffle things around for the betterment of my life.
This week was NO exception. I had scheduled a full work day for Friday even though my kids are still out of school and I was going to scramble to make things happen. Yet I packed my day full, trusting that somehow I would make it through alive! By mid-week my Friday clients notified me that they would have to reschedule. My first reaction was to feel a bit frustrated….I had blocked this time off and turned down other plans and god forbid that I would have a more open day! Thursday my son came down with an “aggressive” rash all over his body and by some miracle I was fit into a very booked up doctor on Friday. FRIDAY! This was the day that was supposed to be jammed packed with work and it opened up so that I could have the attention that was necessary to take care of my son.
Now looking back, I could say this was just a coincidence or I could also reflect on how this last minute reorganization was a blessing in disguise. On a much larger scale, this is an important awareness to bring to bigger life changes. For instance, how do you react when a friendship shifts or when you experience a breakup or job change? Do you cling to resentment and victimhood, or can you get calm and really look at what new opportunity this could present to you in your life. Perhaps you may have been creating a situation that was not the healthiest and it got changed up to ultimately align you on a more authentic path.
I am not suggesting that you stop planning your life, but my invitation for you is to think about the ways that you can surrender a bit when things get changed up. Instead of resisting what is, can you look for the hidden opportunities that await you? Can you trust that your life is being reorganized for something that you could not rationally know beforehand?
The next time someone reschedules on you and a block of space opens up, relax….you may be pleasantly surprised!
Happy end of summer,