In life we all know that some things just aren’t gonna go as planned. When life throws you off track do you have a plan for how you are going to react? Do you have enough grace saved up for a stormy day? Well, in this blog I’m going to share with you two things I do to help me stay calm and positive while I find the good in cancelled plans.
- Assume The Best
I used to really struggle with cancelled plans because I had the wrong perspective. In the past if someone cancelled the plans they had with me it was like starting World War III. I just didn’t understand why plans would change especially if it was planned well ahead of time. Have you ever felt like someone just wasted your time after the plans that you all had was cancelled last minute? I know I’ve been angry with people over cancelled plans because I’m thinking “Hey I passed on plans with other people to make time for you and you just disrespected my time.” Now instead of being mad at the person or the situation I see it as that plan just wasn’t meant to be. When you believe God is directing your steps then the blow of those cancelled plans becomes easier. Have you ever heard people say that you should thank God for the things that didn’t happen to you? Well now I assume that God is just looking out for me instead of assuming those people or world the is against me. I start to think that maybe that trip, date, or even job position wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Often I find that time will reveal that I dodged a bullet and then I’ll be grateful that those plans didn’t go my way. Having a perspective like this has helped me handle the cancelled plans in my life with grace.
2. Readjust and Keep Going
After you assume the best then it is time to readjust and keep going. When your plans get cancelled you have an unexpected empty space in your schedule. Maybe you want to go the relaxation route and pamper yourself with wine and a nice bubble bath. Some of you may want to take the productive route and use that time to get some work done ahead of schedule. Lastly, you can take the spontaneous route and call another person in your phone to ask them if they would like to go out with you to try something new. You can even do some exploring or see a nice movie by yourself. The goal is to accept the cancelled plans and get excited about the new options that you have with your time. So remember that cancelled or delayed plans are not always bad. When you change your perspective you can maintain your joy, peace, and cool too!
“When I give my days to God they are relaxing, productive, and spontaneous all at the same time.” – Camille A Walker