Good morning everyone! Happy Monday once again. Thank you for stopping by and having a few moments with me. I hope this new week holds some good adventures for you!
Speaking of adventures, I had one this past week. I’ve talked often here in my blog of being a recovering perfectionist. Life is full of opportunities for improving upon this aspect of my life. I’ve slowly but surely been practicing letting go of my high expectations, trying to give myself credit for the things I do right.
Back to my adventure. I promised to check on my parents’ home while they are out of town, to water their indoor plants and make sure all is in order. They live about 45 miles away, so it’s a bit of a drive. I planned out my week; notice how I say, ‘planned,’ figuring that Tuesday was the best day for this trip. I prepared my daughter for the excursion, promising a treat for both of us and charged up her DVD player. She let it be known this was not how she wanted to spend her day…but I assured her we’d have fun and make some memories along the way.
For once, we sailed right up the hill with no traffic and pulled into the driveway. I stepped out of the car, and with a sudden sinking feeling, realized I had the wrong set of keys with me. The house key to my parents’ house dangled safely from its hook 45 minutes away. Normally, this would really set me off, either I’d be mad, or be in tears. Instead, I laughed.
If you know me, you probably have your chin on the floor right now. My daughter asked me “Mom, what is so funny?” I told her the situation and she just looked at me, standing there, in the driveway, laughing. I explained that we would go to the backyard, pick the plums as promised and then we’d go get some lunch and take go to the park.
We did just that. You know what? We had fun! I didn’t spend time beating myself up for this mistake. I was able to stay in the moment, and make some memories with my girl.
To some, this would seem a small thing. To me, it is huge. The still small voice of God says “Jenn, slow down; enjoy what is around you. I will help you handle whatever the day throws at you” Oh, may I count on Him more.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
Until next week, be blessed.