When I was young I thought I knew exactly how I wanted my life to be. I dreamed and planned and prepared the best way I knew how.
Not that all of it was for nothing. It wasn’t. Plans are good. We should know where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.
But all the planning in the world can’t prepare you for the wonderfully wild life of love and grace and faith and hope.
In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge Bridge and the Daily Prompt Tame.
My weekly “to do” list is as long as it was on Monday. I’ve checked some items off but added others. I have ongoing projects at work and my plan to complete them hasn’t happened. The business letter I need to write is only half written.
At home the garage is still unpainted and the new garage door opener hasn’t been installed. My closet is still a mess and some of the pretty plants I bought to put in my front flower garden are still in the pots I brought them home in.
I did other things. Things that aren’t on the list.
I cooked homemade chicken noodle soup for my family and helped my oldest daughter with her Geography homework Monday night. I planned to be in bed early but had a nice conversation with my kids instead.
The next evening, my daughters and I did a 2 and 1/2 mile walk on the country roads around our home. We talked with the neighbors when we returned.
I ran into a friend this week and visited with her. Played in the yard with my youngest daughter and the dog and stayed up late one night talking with my husband.
And something I rarely do….I watched a favorite TV show. It was splendid.
Sometimes our plans don’t happen when or how we want them to. It’s frustrating. This week I chose to be flexible instead of staying irritated about thwarted plans. With three kids, full-time jobs, and all the other things we have going on…..I have to.
I will check those things off my “to do” list eventually. I have more important things to do first.
What if the choices you thought were small, were actually the ones that mattered?
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Satisfaction of a List.”