Yep it was a wacky one. Today I focused on the tasks at hand at my field placement. Several times I went back to my desk to take notes and gather my thoughts. Each time I would look this portrait of me that my 5-year-old cousin drew for me I would smile. A little perspective gave me a feeling of thankfulness and a little chuckle that brightened the day.
Even as I type this images of the rocky path, the pebbles in a stream, and even the ice cream are visuals. Reflecting on a list of things this morning which include transitions, loss, joy, memories, friendship, learning, instinct, anger, sadness….
Realizing I must not fight the journey – but be open to wandering the rocky road – which also has these magical moments.
Often times I’ve found Wednesdays are wackier than others. They tend to be full of the unexpected. For an instance today I was excited to get to my internship with minutes to spare – only to find out I had to stand outside for about 5 minutes because the front doors weren’t opened on time; my 9:30am meeting got bumped to 10:30am; the potential client we have been looking for still has not been found; I got assigned my first recovery group to lead & facilitate; I’ll be preparing a proposal for holiday planning for families; my friendly cat decided she wanted nothing to do with the anti-flea drops today!
Even today’s blog did not happen this morning as it has every other morning this week!
So how do I prepare for the unexpected or as I call it, the wacky?
Today’s focus is being flexible with myself. I can be very flexible with others, but I’m not so great with being flexible with myself. Here’s an example of how I addressed the unexpected.
The goal: Get my blog done by 7:45am.
- Create more realistic goal: Get my blog done when I get home from internship.
- Create steps to make 2nd goal successful
- Focus on the title and how to approach it
- Think about topic at lunch
- Eat dinner
- Celebrate the success!
If I focus on the success of accomplishing the goal, I start feeling a whole lot better about my ability to “keep on trucking” -despite the cone in the middle of the road that caused me to swerve a bit. How do you prepare for the unexpected?