Living Plan B
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?
Naumburg, C. (2013). Living Plan B. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 18, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-parenting/2013/01/living-plan-b/