Plans are an invitation to disappointment. ~ Derek Landy
If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. ~ Woody Allen
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon
I must admit, the last few days I have been feeling pretty sorry for myself. I am very thankful that I am finally feeling better as the virus I had really wreaked havoc with my system and I was down for almost two weeks. However, when I finally started to feel better I realized that, indeed, the virus HAD taken me down for almost two weeks – my summer vacation, the vacation I desperately needed, is half gone. This realization was a bit much for me and was enough to send me into a minor (albeit, temporary) depression.
There were so many things I wanted to do this summer (I even wrote about many of my plans in a prior blog). There is NO way I will accomplish in two weeks what I had hoped to accomplish in four. My plans, Derek Landy, were indeed an invitation to disappointment and I am very disappointed. My plans were good ones too – it would have felt wonderful to implement all or most of them.
I have had to step back, re-evaluate and prioritize. I will not be doing everything I had hoped to do over the summer, so I hope to be able to make progress in meaningful areas (and also in areas that just give me enjoyment). I realize I will have to cut my list in half and that is what I will work on in the next few days.
I will also be working on an attitude adjustment. Who am I to complain that I will only complete half the projects I originally set out to complete when just four days ago I was so ill I needed two bags of IV fluids? Perhaps I need a bit of perspective. At least I am healthy enough that I will be able to get back on track and complete some of the projects I hoped to complete!
Today I started to work on a quilt for my oldest daughter’s bed (she outgrew the last one I made for her, about five years ago, and her feet stick out the bottom). I am making a simple rag quilt that should be completed in the next few days….. she is thrilled to see me working on it and I am happy to do something for her, she was such a great helper when I was ill.
Today, 220 days ’til 40, I am re-evaluating my summer plans. I am reminded that our plans are just that – plans, and reality does not always choose to cooperate. I am also reminded that when reality does not cooperate, my reaction and attitude can make the best or worst of a situation. I am thankful for my restored health and thankful for the time I do have left – may I use it wisely!