Accepting Interruptions

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“Learning to accept that things don’t go as planned allows us to see the beauty of what isn’t perfect.” via

My inner Crazy Attitude Woman appears the fastest when my day gets interrupted. You know the situation, I’m sure…  You’re going through your day and something happens to interrupt — a client is unexpectedly rude, a project goes awry, a looked-forward-to plan falls through, disappointment sets in. Then Crazy Attitude Woman steps onto the stage. And we wrestle.

But then I get stunted by quotes like the above one. Or the Holy Spirit prompting me to joy and perspective. Most of the time, when something doesn’t go as I plan, it usually ends up just as fine. But in the moment I become burdened, and often negative. I’m challenged to find contentment in the simple things, to not cling to big moments that have to go perfectly for me to be happy. I read a quote by Shauna Niequist recently,

There may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny flecks of gold. The big moments are the tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab onto and extend to one another. The big moments are in every conversation, every meal, every meeting. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us.

This has quickly become one of my favorite quotes. The big moments can be the tiny moments. The small interruptions don’t have to disrupt my entire attitude. Putting the bummed out attitude energy into seeing beauty in imperfections will brighten the day incredibly. Hanging my satisfaction on ‘big moment hooks’ that maybe aren’t worth the hanging, this is what I’m challenged with today. Drama of life, that’s such a real phrase. I dig it. Life is unpredictable, sometimes unfair, and quite rich. Moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we can grab onto and extend to each other.

#BestDayEver, am I right?

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7 Comments

  • Amberly

    I needed this reminder today!!! Thank you!

    01/13/2016 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    That’s a really neat quote! Sometimes I feel like we are being tested by how we act in certain situations.

    01/14/2016 at 12:52 am Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      I would certainly agree with you, Brittany.

      01/14/2016 at 3:09 pm Reply
  • Mama Brucks

    You’ve hit the nail on the head! Being apart of those interruptions is so important!

    01/14/2016 at 3:09 pm Reply
  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Yes indeed! I love this so much, Chelsea! I certainly know that the discipline we learn from choosing courage, hope, joy, kindness and peace in these small moments allows us to thrive in every season.

    01/14/2016 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Lauren English

    So, so true. The little moments of grace and joy can be what define a day and make it good, even if they are interruptions. I have a feeling motherhood is going to teach me a lot about learning to let go of my plans and be interrupted! Beautiful post, Chelsea!

    01/14/2016 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    This. This is so where I’m at right now. I get so irritated when things don’t go according to my mental plan. :( Trying to work on that….

    01/14/2016 at 5:08 pm Reply
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