The sun comes up everyday. Live through your interruptions one day at a time!
Our lives often get interrupted by unexpected events.
Health issues require navigating medical and related appointments. Deaths have us going through a loved one’s belongings and paperwork and legal avenues. Slightly unexpected geographical moves (think sudden job transfers) see us hustling to sell items, move certain things in storage, and locate our next home. It can be tough.
Many years ago, before my husband lost his life in a different accident, he was seriously injured in a head-on collision with a loaded dump truck that crossed into his lane.
Talk about an interrupted life.
His accident created a hectic scenario in those first weeks:
I was teaching 4th grade at the time and was nearly single parenting my son, as my husband traveled alot for business. I had to get a substitute for my class. I farmed my three-year-old son out to relatives scattered among three states. I drove the two hours back to our South Carolina home once a week to pick up mail, do laundry, and teach a few days, then I headed back to Athens (GA) to stay in a hotel near the hospital.
I showed up at 7am every morning to keep my husband motivated in the middle of various surgeries and when facing the unknown, and I fell into bed exhausted each night. My sanity savers were my daily power walks at one of the university’s tracks, my little devotional book and Bible, the great hospital staff who became family to us, and the precious few visits with my son. At the end of the nearly two months Russ was there, his leg had to by amputated, and I resigned my job. A lost business, financial problems, and other related matters happened.
But I got through that period of my life, and I am grateful for having had the experience, awful though it was.
Because my life was interrupted, and I rose to the challenge of the hurdles and came out a stronger person.
Life’s interruptions can GROW us or DESTROY us. It’s OUR choice.
Maybe YOU are navigating a life interruption or interruptions right now. You might feel anxious, exhausted, and ready to throw in the towel or just collapse.
Don’t give up! You’ll get through it.
Here are 7 ways to calmly navigate your way through life interruptions:
1. Give the situation to God. Period. Make a conscious, prayerful effort to do this many times a day. We often look to others and everything else before Him. He’s bigger than ALL of it.
2. Practice serious self-care. Ask friends to help with your kids. Exercise. Get a pedicure. Make art. Visit a museum. Just BE.
3. Accept the situation for what it is. Don’t worry too much about what the future holds. Just accept it. You may not like this interruption, but you have to deal with it.
4. Let your family and friends know what’s happening, and again, ask for support and help.
5. Plan ahead. Don’t worry; just PLAN for the various outcomes.
6. Keep a gratitude journal, and list your joys and blessings every single day. Look for the little things. I’ve paid around $2500 out of pocket on dental work this year, but my insurance paid $1500 of the total cost. I am grateful for insurance and for having the money to pay the other (but, seriously… ugh… GRATEFUL!).
7. Live in the present! Jesus said today has enough worries of its own (Matthew 6:34). Try to stay focused on today, but looking with hope to the future.
I leave you with the words of the once bad Saul of Tarsus (better known as the apostle Paul):
Have no anxiety at all , but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 4:6-7
Amy Walton is a certified life coach, certified Christian life coach, author, and speaker living in coastal Virginia. She loves God, her family, working out, nature, and a splash of red wine enjoyed with a good book. Connect with her at her website, http://www.amy-walton.com.