Can you do the splits?
- capable of bending easily without breaking
- able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions
- (of a person) ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances
I woke up with a plan, I got to work, sat down and started working that plan, and then an interruption. A last minute audition at 1:00pm. Change in plans.
I run home, get dressed, make up, go to the audition, wait an hour to be seen, and then audition. On my way back to work, I get a phone call, another last minute audition. I make a pit stop at my day job to change clothes, eat lunch, and on my way to the second audition.
Now, I should be ecstatic! And while thankful for the opportunities, I also took note of what wasn’t being done, and the second audition made me late to my second job. No one died because I was late to my second job, but I was still trying to be on time, so I was stressing. I want to book these opportunities so I can leave the jobs, that’s the goal.
As a child, I remember easily shifting from activity to activity or changing direction. I woke up, lets play outside…oh it’s starting to rain, I’ll play in the rain, yay! Oh there’s thunder and lightening, I’ll go inside and play. We’re too loud, okay, I’ll read a book, etc. I did not allow the transition or change in plans to upset me, nor was I preoccupied with the fact I was not doing the previous activity.
As adults, our plans have more responsibility attached, but rarely are the plans life or death. So lets not get out of shape or stressed, when the day is not going as planned. Lets flow! Most things can wait until tomorrow, we easily find ways to say, “I’ll start working out tomorrow,” maybe some other items need to be shifted to “tomorrow,” too.
I asked myself a simple question, would I rather have had my day go perfectly planned or have had two wonderful opportunities? The opportunities of course. My executed planned day, would’ve just set me up for my planned next day, and if everyday is going to go as I planned, where’s the room for opportunity?
It’s not like I write on my schedule:
8:45am Life Changing Moment. 9:15am Meet person that I can collaborate with…
Some interruptions are optional, you can always say no, and go back to your day. Some interruptions are not optional, in that case be like Olivia Pope, “It’s handled.”
Maybe even more simply put, be in the moment that you’re in. You can only be in one place at a time, might as well be fully there, rather than stealing from the present for a future moment your thoughts aren’t affecting.
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 NLT