On day 49 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored how the process of ‘accepting what is’ can be a healing act of self-care.
Yesterday was one of those days where nothing seemed to go according to plan. Tasks that I intended to complete didn’t get done, progress that I hoped to make on projects didn’t move forward an inch, and the day melted away before my eyes. I ended the day feeling empty-handed.
Honestly, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. There were many reasons the day didn’t go well.
For one, I didn’t plan well. When I arrived at the food bank I learned they didn’t need any extra volunteers. I would have known that if I’d scheduled in advance rather than just showing up
Second, technology was not kind to me. Despite resetting my password twice and trying to chat with an agent, I wasn’t able to place a critical online order.
And third, my environment wasn’t at all conducive to productivity. I was filled with too many distractions that stole my attention.
Had I took the time to plan my day more carefully, I could have avoided at least some of that mess. Of course, these minor inconveniences were not catastrophic by any means. But nevertheless, when things don’t go the way we imagine, or how we think they should, it can be frustrating. What did all that grumbling accomplish for me, anyway? Nothing.
I’m constantly reminded that doing my best is all I can do. Sometimes my plans won’t play out the way I envision them, but by accepting what is, I can continue moving forward.
Accept. Adapt. Adjust. But not necessarily in that order.
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