My week has been derailed by a sick kiddo. Instead of stressing about it (which I’m really good at!), I’m trying to enjoy a week of Plan B, inspired by the words of Denise Roy:

“My trouble is that I think there is a track things should stay on. I’m hooked to a belief that life should go a certain way. I develop an attachment to Plan A and set up my expectations accordingly. An important part of spiritual practice is to learn to let go, to recognize that Plan A exists only in my head. When I find myself irritated by change in my schedule or resisting whatever is happening around me, I tell myself, ‘We’re now in Plan B.’ In fact, it’s become a daily mantra: Life as Plan B. It makes it much easier for me to relax and surrender to the moment.” Denise Roy, MOMfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

I find that parenting is a lot easier when I am able to accept Plan B–like today, when I was going to get a lot of work done, and instead I’m home reading fairy stories to a sick four year old. When I stop to think about it, it’s actually not so bad.

How do you embrace Plan B?

 


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    Last reviewed: 24 Jan 2013

APA Reference
Naumburg, C. (2013). Living Plan B. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-parenting/2013/01/living-plan-b/

 

 

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