“The best laid plans of mice and men go awry?” How many times have you heard that Scottish saying? How many times have you FORGOTTEN that saying existed?
Sigh….This is one of those weeks that I have well been reminded of it. It has been a good remember of one of my “F”rontier words: Flexibility.
It’s one of the mornings that my body WISHES it could be “flexible”. Investigator Experience ladies: I swear you’d NEVER get me into some yoga positions! My cat jumped from his cozy chair to the window sill as I contorted myself out of bed this morning!!
I think it has something to do with getting the answer to all my whining/prayers about not having any snow, asking you lower 48’rs to send winter back up here. We got 10” of wonderful snow and it is a balmy 5 degrees out right now with blue skies. Or maybe it has something to do with the refresher course on how to use the snow-plow again, (It HAS been a year since my bionics being bumped along for 2 hours and then used the snow blower and ‘played’ with it on the front walk for another ½ hour?!)
Flexibility. “OH! You are leaving on FRIDAY (tomorrow) instead of NEXT WEEK for Kaktovik, sweetie? Sure I can get the extra loads of laundry done and help you get things together! Sure I can drop everything for the last minute run through the list of ‘what to do in case’ in an Alaskan winter while you are gone for the next 2-3 weeks! “
“Can I sneak my coveted hour of ‘quiet time’ that centers me and keeps me focused so I CAN be FLEXIBLE today first?”
I knew he’d say yes – after 39 years together, he’s MUCH more FLEXIBLE than I am!! Plus he knows how much that hour means, (for everyone!) and how much more flexible I’d be the rest of the day! I have rarely missed a day over the years.
So how to take a day when the best plans you had go awry?
Laugh, take a lot of deep breathes, stay flexible – and DON’T miss your “quiet time”!
After all, life begins at the end of your comfort zone!
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.