Sometimes Life Interrupts

by Nicki on March 5, 2009

in Managing Time

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Have you ever had a fantastic plan or idea that really excited you? Have you ever had such a plan interrupted by life?
I have. Today is one of those times.

I had something exciting planned for today. For those of you keeping track, you are reading the 100th post here at Domestic Cents. To celebrate my little milestone I was going to do my first-ever giveaway. Life happened to me though and I got sidetracked. I still intend to do the giveaway, so it will remain a secret (but you might want to stay tuned closely for the next week or so).

I’m an allergy sufferer. I know, I’m making it sound pretty dramatic but the truth is that it really effects me. I get sinus headaches that make me feel worse than any cold or flu I’ve ever had. They take me over. I don’t get them in the winter much at all (because I live in the frozen north), but this time of year it begins to plague me.

I started having headaches this week so we picked up some medicine. I need the strong stuff with pseudoephedrine in it which is pretty expensive, so when we saw Aleve-D on sale, buy-one-get-one 50% off we picked it up. Well, I’m not sure what it is about it but my body doesn’t care for this combination of drugs. I feel dizzy, slightly disoriented and weird. I don’t like it at all. So today I don’t have a sinus headache but I’m laying low, waiting for the medicine to get out of my system (it’s a 12-hour pill). I’ll pick up with my usual Claritin-D tomorrow and I’ll be back in the game.

Sometimes life interrupts more than just a day though. It can effect our plans, our future intentions, our great ideas and even our goals. Unexpected pregnancy? Sudden illness? Job loss? Broken relationship? Financial crisis?

What do you do when things happen and seem to screw up everything you’ve planned?

  • Acknowledge the interruption - Ignorance is not bliss.
  • Deal with the interruption - Whether that means simply coming to terms with your new reality or finding a solution, action is needed.
  • Make a new plan - Rather than wallowing in your ruined plans and sidetracked goals, make new ones.

Life happens and things will never go exactly as we would wish. If this were to happen there would be so little growth of character, so little faith and so little strength in people. It’s in our ability to deal with things, adapt and move on that we’ll grow, find strength and have our eyes opened to new ideas that we never would have considered.

This post isn’t tied together really well (the drugs maybe?) but I want to encourage you. If you’ve had life happen to you in a crummy way on the small-scale or the large-scale, there’s still greatness ahead of you, you’re just taking the scenic route to get there ;-)

Why I do what I do ~ I try to be as age-appropriately honest with my daughter as I can. Today I told her that I needed her help because I wasn’t feeling well. She looked up at me like that was the weirdest thing I’d ever told her (I almost never get sick) then said, “it’s ok Mama, I’ll take care of you.”

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1 Scott @ The Passive Dad March 5, 2009 at 2:20 am

That is so sweet that your daughter wanted to take care of you today. It seems allergies have gotten worse for me as I’ve gotten older and since it started raining. I thought people get allergies in the springtime, but mine seem to hit when it rains.

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2 Amy March 5, 2009 at 5:58 am

Hoping you get better soon! Congrats on the 100th post :) What a sweet little girl you have.

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3 Kate March 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I am so sorry you aren’t feeling well! I hope you feel better soon.

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4 Nicki March 5, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Thanks guys. I’m feeling much better today :)

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5 Courtney March 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I am glad you’re feeling better today, and I hope those darned allergies stay at bay for a while!

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