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Plan B

Today is my 35th wedding anniversary. The original plan was for my husband and I to spend the day celebrating in Charleston, SC with our son and daughter-in-law, capping off a delightful extended weekend visit. However, the pending arrival of Hurricane Irma made it necessary for us to create a “Plan B”. So while our kids are enjoying a “mini-evacuation vacation” [is that a thing?] a safe distance away from the heart of Irma’s fury, my husband and I are spending our anniversary in Lake Ozark, MO enjoying a breathtaking lake view along with mild temperatures and sunshine.

Sounds like a pretty decent “Plan B”, right? Well there is part of me that wishes we could have made the 12 hour drive to Charleston last Thursday as planned, helped our kiddos pack and prepare for their evacuation, and then turn around to make the drive back, just to spend whatever time we could with them in the process. But that wasn’t practical, and the thought of 24 hours total drive time through an evacuation zone coupled with the ever-changing path of a hurricane helped solidify our “Plan B” decision.

My 54 years on this planet has presented me with PLENTY of “Plan B” opportunities. Some of the best things that have happened to me were not my first choice. My career choice as a graphic designer was not my first choice. I originally went to school to study journalism. Furthermore, becoming an entrepreneur and starting my own business was never a consideration until it dawned on me that if I wanted to stay at home with my son AND keep on working, I would need to find a way to make that happen. So our decision to invest all of our savings into a home business was definitely a “Plan B” decision.

Most recently, my biggest “Plan B” took the form of a broken right shoulder, which required me to cancel meetings, a speaking engagement and worst of all my attendance at my grand-puppy’s “Sweet 16” birthday celebration. (No kidding. This party was a BIG deal and I was heart broken that I couldn’t make it.)

Moreover, I found myself wallowing in self-pity and disbelief that simply tripping over my own feet during my morning run could result in a broken shoulder. I mean, REALLY – who does that? I began to quickly realize that every plan I had on my calendar for the next few weeks was going to change. And now that I’ve started physical therapy, which is in itself a whole new form of torture, I’m pretty sure that my plans for the coming months are going to be altered as well as I work to regain mobility and strength on my right side.

Of course I am learning something from this beyond left-handed mouse controls and one-handed pick-style dental floss.

1) I am learning that every single day I have to make a decision to not let the need for a “Plan B” derail me. So when I feel like crying because I’m not sleeping [I’m a side-sleeper], or when the pain wears me out physically and/or emotionally, I let myself have a good cry, and then I pull myself together and focus on the fact that my husband is opening and closing doors for me, cooking and cleaning the kitchen, and he seems to somehow relish the fact that I need his help. Who knew that my dependence on him would bring him joy?Thank goodness for my sweet hubby.

2) I am learning that I am blessed with amazing family and friends who bring me food and send me cards and are genuinely concerned about my well-being. And, more importantly, I’m learning that in the future I need to be more conscious of when THEY are hurting or needing help, and I need to be the one who steps up when they need assistance.

3) I am learning that sometimes my plans NEED to be altered as a reminder to me of my dependency on God’s ultimate plan and design for my life. No matter how hard I work to develop my own plan, I need to hold to it very loosely and remember that HIS plan is always best and perfect.

I would love to hear from you! When have you had to choose a “Plan B”? What did you learn from it? Please leave a comment below.

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