Do you ever have those days were you have “a plan”? A real plan. One that looks great on paper. You know the kind that seems like a no-brainer to a big win. Those feel good even before you get going.
Do you ever make this plan and it is not “fact-checked” against reality? I do that sometimes. Plans created in a vacuum. Guess that things made in a vacuum do… they SUCK! (Get it? Ha!)
When I go about planning and doing without looking at the whole picture things fall short and I get disappointed in myself in the outcomes. Take today for example. I need to get across town (not Liberty… I need to go to the far off state of Kansas) and I thought bing, bam, boom – – in and out and all will be great.
So, I load my toddler up and head to the Wild Wild West of Kansas at 11am. Ten minutes into our journey he isn’t babbling and singing along with me anymore. I glance back and he is OUT! That good kind of slumped over sleep with his head bobbing back and forth.
So I caught the next exit back to Liberty and in 7 minutes I was able to get him in his bed for a real nap.
Plans averted for a real rest and a chance for me to get things done at home. (and to blog!)
Here is what I had overlooked and should have added to our reality equation:
- He had major playtime last night during our small group for church = tired
- He got me up at 5:15 am and was wide awake = tired
- He had already been up 6 hours = tired
- He had just eaten the biggest banana ever personally purchased = full
And if I had been aware instead of focused on the desired outcome I would have never even attempted to go.
Ah to be human and get so much practise in readjusting after erring. I do appreciate the “oops” moments because next time I will refine my thinking and I hope I will be able to miss this rookie mistake.
This is a small example but I bet each of us could pick a bigger example in our lives were we need to step back and see all the pieces to the puzzle.
Think it out without being in a vacuum.
(SIDE NOTE: We are outta here… he napped almost 2 hours and has woke up happy… Kansas here we come!!)