Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when things just don’t work out as planned? The old adage “make plans but don’t plan the results” is often easier said than done. Dealing with a sudden change in plans is a great litmus test for emotional security. Recently, I was booked to work for an entire week. As a freelancer, this is always a welcome feeling of safety; I did not have to think about how I was going to earn money for several days, or at least I thought I didn’t. I received a phone call on day two of the job that there had been a change in plans and my services were no longer needed. Initially I felt like I was kicked n the stomach. I planned my week around this temporary schedule. Thank goodness for pencil, because we can always erase! My first reaction was to take it personally, but I have learned to pause when agitated, frightened or doubtful and ask my Higher Power for guidance. A sponsor once gave me a checklist for evaluating our maturity, which came in rather handy that day. A mature adult is one who:
- Does not automatically resent criticism, realizing it may contain a suggestion for self-improvement.
- Keeps calm in emergencies and deals with them in a logical, reasonable fashion.
- Does not readily experience a loss of temper or “fly off the handle” about trifles.
- Knows self-pity is futile and childish – a way of placing the blame for disappointments on others.
- Accepts responsibility without blaming others when things go wrong.
- Makes reasonable plans and tries to carry them out in an orderly fashion; does not do things on the spur of the moment without due consideration.
- Shows spiritual maturity by accepting the existence of a Higher Power and recognizing the importance of this power in life, realizing that each person is a part of mankind as a whole and has much to give.
I am a small part of a large picture, and in the big scheme of things, there is a plan and something called Divine Order. Once I paused, referred to my list and said the serenity prayer, I knew that nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Shortly after I accepted the fact that my week had changed, I received a phone call that the job was back on. Not only was I grateful for the opportunity to earn, but also for the willingness to accept the things I cannot change and trust that my H.P. has me by the suspenders. Go ahead and make plans, but leave the results up to God.Share post