It’s Day 286 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, the second day of Spring, and five inches of accumulation confirms that sometimes it snows in spring! This phenomenon is like other unexpected happenings in life. We can either bellyache about it or belly laugh at the turn of events! I choose to do the latter and had a good one when I saw that my silly kitty, Skylar, a master Escape Artist, trotted out after my hubby early this morning. I can image her indignation when she stepped into snow so deep it covered half her leg! She made a pitiful attempt to get back inside by yowling (I so made that word up!) outside the kitchen sliding doors when I came down to make coffee. Too impatient to wait til this critical task was done (I run on faith and strong coffee!), she must have decided to make the best of the situation because she was gone by the time I went to let her in. Just like Skylar didn’t anticipate the turn in the weather, we’re often taken unawares by things that happen at unforseen times. We rush out with our set agenda, then become indignant and yowl at God because the situation doesn’t align with our well laid plans. How dare it snow in spring or other unexpected happenings!
My cat’s antics aside, it’s not always easy for me to laugh at the unexpected. When my hubby and I got married creating our big fat blended family, I used to call on the drive home from work and ask What’s the plan for tonight? I wanted to know who would be home and when, how much to make for dinner, what extracurricular activities were on the schedule, etc., etc., etc. It took me about two years to figure out what my husband would always respond, There is no plan. Ugh! That was so not what I wanted to hear. But like my good friend Brenda always tells me, Don’t ask the question if you can’t handle the answer. So I stopped asking. And I learned that the only thing I could expect was the unexpected. It’s one of the main reasons my marriage works.
Being more flexible and not having expectations about inconsequential things has served me well. To be honest with you, everyone in our home is old enough to eat when they’re hungry, so I don’t sweat it. Neither did I fret about the snow this morning. Sure, I had things to do but nothing that couldn’t wait until the roads were clear. Instead, I had an uber productive work day accomplishing administrative tasks that would have still been on my plate tomorrow had I been able to jump up and do my running around today. In that sense, the snow ended up being an unexpected blessing.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur, I’m trying to live out my coaching agency’s mission to maximize women’s beauty and best lives, while minimizing barriers. While five inches of snow today created some challenges, they’re nothing compared to the real barriers – the Ds – death, depression, diagnosis, disasters, divorce, domestic court issues, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, dysfunctional relationships, etc, etc, etc. When we consider those things, it puts a little snow in spring and other unexpected happenings into perspective. They may even cause us to laugh. Or be thankful.
How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose are you about responding to the unexpected happenings in life. Compared to the Ds, what new perspective can you adopt?
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach