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Expect the Unexpected


I have a full plate this week. Opportunities and projects are everywhere and require my full, undivided attention. I had each day all planned out.

Then the Young Turk woke up this morning with a 100 degree fever.

There was a time when this sudden change in plans would have sent me into a tailspin of trying to do everything I “needed” to do and still take care of a sick child. I stressed myself out and didn’t accomplish much of anything very well.

My guiding question was always “How can I get it all done?”  Needless to say, all my juggling and scrambling put me in a bad mood and I am certain my child did not feel particularly cared for.  When the day was over, we both felt crappy.

Fast forward along the road to escaping mediocrity and I am happy to say I now use a whole different guidance system when dealing with the unexpected – especially when the unexpected involves my child. Wanna know what it is?!

“What will make my life taste the sweetest today?” tastes sweet

The question gives me instant clarity on the person I want to be. I can do the few critical tasks that must be done by me, have a quick phone call with my VA, re-arrange the rest of my commitments, and then spend the rest of the day being Mommy.

For me, there is no sweeter taste in life than cuddling up with my son, smoothing his hair, retrieving the requested cool rag or cool drink, working puzzles and looking at picture books.

Does it stress me out that some of the things I really want to get done aren’t getting done? Of course it does. But my time as a much needed Mommy is short and there are no do-overs, so I am willing to quell the compulsion to “do it all” so that I can do this one thing well.

And, when he is well enough to go back to school, I will work like a madwoman. 🙂

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