Imagine: You wake up extra early to get in a good hike with the pups. You know you’ve been neglecting your self-care since the arrival of the little guy, so you take inspired action to get back on track. You take the time to clean up the kitchen from last night’s dinner. Grateful to have lovingly cooked a delicious and healthy meal at home. You start the dishwasher, head into the bedroom, change your clothes and get ready for the hike.
Only to walk out and find your kitchen flooded. From floor to counter top, cookbooks & appliances covered in water. And, to make matters worse, the plumber was just there to fix the problem last week. WTF? Why is this happening? And today, of all mornings?
That, my friends, is Plan B in action.
The above story is what happened to me this week. I was so intentional about my morning of impeccable self-care. The addition of the new pup in my household—as wonderful as he is—has been a challenge to my routine. Of course, right?
Anyway, when I walked into the kitchen and saw that water pouring from what felt like everywhere, a part of me wanted to have a mini-meltdown. How could this be happening to me today of all days? I wanted to blame God. Why was He doing this to me? Can’t He see I’m trying so hard to get myself back on track? Is He just punishing me?
Thankfully I had the where-with-all to see what was really going on. My past victim programming saw an opportunity to take the wheel and took it…for about a minute. Until I could see the truth.
I was able to see those negative thoughts as the illusion they really were. I was able to break the chain.
I managed to bring my awareness to the present moment and take care of business—play-by-play. Turn off the dishwasher. Move the appliances & cookbooks. Towel up the flood. Call the plumber. Rearrange my morning schedule.
I accepted the reality of what was happening instead of fighting against it. And, I gave it NO additional meaning. That is the biggie. I could’ve made that moment mean the world was against me—that God was against me. That I’d never get back to my regular self-care routine.
Instead, I just went with the flow. I said ok and moved on. I had to make some adjustments, but I still got in my hike. I still got in a resistance workout. It wasn’t S Factor, but it was something. I still made green juice and packed my lunch. I just had to say YES to Plan B.
Often times, that’s all we need to do. Stop and say yes to what is actually happening. You don’t have to love it, but if it’s happening, we have to at least acknowledge it…and hopefully flow with it.
In the comments below, share how you handle Plan B! How have you managed to flow with what is present in the moment?
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