Whenever I go snowboarding, I’ve learned to check the weather forecast so I can be appropriately dressed. If it’s snowing, it helps to wear water repellant gear. If it’s cloudy, I try to remember to bring my flat light goggles. While you may find this to be boring, the principle remains that we need to prepare in advance for things that we know could be challenging or difficult. Sometimes if we know that we’re going to be in some tricky family situations (with Christmas around the corner), it helps to do some mental coaching ahead of time about the things we should or should not discuss. It helps to coach ourselves about our attitudes and some of our thinking so that when we get in some potential hotspots, we have done some preparation work ahead of time to help us with our words, actions and attitudes. Gear up my friends, in constructive ways, there could be some hotspots on the horizon in the next few weeks 🙂
Currently, I’m listening to my kids talk with their neighbor friends about doing a lemonade stand. It’s interesting to hear them talk through their ideas: dismissing some, adjusting some and embracing somek (along with some fun rabbit trails – Leonardo Davinci was left handed but wrote with his right hand so he wouldn’t smudge the ink). Anyways, there’s alot to be said for planning & I say this because I tend to not be very good at planning. I tend to leap before I look & then wonder how I got myself into these various messes. Thankfully, God had me marry an engineer, who can be the epitome of planning. My husband’s mantra to me is: if you fail to plan you plan to fail. I had to listen to that a few times before I could really appreciate that wisdom, even when it was counter-intuitive to me ,)
The flip side is that being spontaneous can be lots of fun!!! If you’re the planning type, be careful that you don’t get so stuck in the plans that you fail to do something; if you’re the spontaneous type, don’t neglect to plan so that you wind up in an unplanned mess 🙂
Happy Labor Day!!
There have been situations in my life where I e asked God to do something & what I asked for didn’t happen. Quite often in these situations, what has happened instead of my request tended to be better than what I had asked for.
What we plan & ask for doesn’t always work out but we must always know, trust & believe that God loves us & God’s ways are always better & higher than our ways 🙂