I suggested in Monday’s post that we examine our days this week and identify the interruptions. The idea is that, if we view them as legitimate aspects of life, we can encounter them with more wisdom and resourcefulness.
Would it help if we could categorize the interruptions? I’m doing this along with all of you, so this is, I admit, an experiment. But see what you think of these categories:
Minor interruptions: lost keys; meeting or appointment that appears out of nowhere; headache that hampers an afternoon’s work; you end up watching two grandchildren most of the evening.
Changes-the-whole-day interruptions: car breaks down; your significant other ends up in the emergency room; you must sit in the bank and untangle some mess with the checking account; you need to prepare dinner for four extra people.
Life-altering interruptions: major breakdown in a relationship; you or a significant other loses a job or faces relocation; someone in the family is arrested and incarcerated; you or someone you love faces a dire medical situation that will require months of treatment; you lose your home.
When the unexpected happens, we learn quickly what resources we need to find—and also what resources we already have. My suggestion is this: for every interruption, try to look without panic at your situation. Identify the resources you already possess for dealing with this change of path. Then make a list of resources you don’t have but need to find.
And repeat these statements as the need arises:
- God has already provided.
- God will continue to provide.
- I am able to walk this path.
- This is my life. I claim it and will give my best to living it.
You ARE the wise woman. Remember this every day. Thank God for who you are, and for who you are becoming.