Expecting the Unexpected (& Accepting the Unacceptable)

Wow! A HUGE thank you to everyone who checked out Video #1 of the Take Back Your Time Video Training Series! All your visits and shares #BrokeTheInternet. Okay, maybe not to the same degree as a certain celebrity, but 18 hours of server upgrades feels just as newsworthy to me! I can't tell you how much it means to me and since my platform doesn't consider emoticons to be "English language characters," I'll simply say "Thanks!"

If you've been reading the Blog for a while, you know that I pride myself in my ability to plan things out and expect the unexpected. I'm the type of person who has a Plan A-Z (and a backup battery, parachute, and emergency snack - just in case!) 

And while this serves as a (somewhat) healthy outlet for my neuroticism, it also creates an "expectation hangover" when things don't work out according to plan. The truth is that no amount of preparation ever prepares us for the unknown.

Think back to the last time you "braced" yourself for something - it could be for "a bumpy ride," a fun night out, or, if you're like me, for allergy season. 

Were you in any way, shape, or form "braced" by your expectations? Or did they serve to keep you stressed while you tried to control the uncontrollable. Whether it's other people, planets in "retrograde," or Proxy Servers, sometimes you need to throw some healthy detachment at it and just say "F*ck It!" Because the truth is that acceptance doesn't mean you're okay with your circumstances, it means you're able to:

  • Accept the things you can't change
  • Use courage to change the things you can, and
  • Have the wisdom to know the difference.  

The Serenity Prayer isn't just for 12-Step meetings. It's also what gives you the ability to deal with challenging people, to leave a job that's not right, or to stop hitting refresh when you're waiting for a website update. So here's

The Takeaway:

Sometimes things don't go according to plan. The key to learning from mistakes is figuring out what what you can do, what you can't do, and then calling customer service.

Curious to see the video that broke my server?

*fingers crossed*