In my work I have always been an organiser. When I was working within construction, I had big projects to take care of, to make sure things were running smoothly, but there were always those days where plans had to be put to one side. So that taught me to be flexible about my own plans, when they have to be put to one side.
With enthusiasm we made our plans for this move to Vänersborg. Some people have said I can become a little bit of a control freak, which I cannot agree with! Jokes aside, I am aware of that I can have that tendency.
The removal company had to move our things in two stages. The first day I could not be in place to receive the things. I had told them to put certain boxes in different areas of the big garage, to make things easier when unpacking. However, when I opened the garage door it was completely full, so my well-made plans were not achieving the purpose I had hoped for. I was a little bit irritated, but it reminded me of when my head is so full of different things that it is hard to find your way through. I had to step back from my feelings of disappointment. It is just the way life is, sometimes we meet disappointment.
The following days we managed to put some order to the garage, but not to the degree that I would have liked. I was disappointed with myself, but I realised I was the one at fault, because my plan had not included the unexpected. How often does these things happen in life, our plans do not pan out the way we had hoped? I was trying to achieve too much and was not giving it enough time. It reminded me of when I was a project leader within construction.
If everything always fell into place, what would we learn? Sometimes when I put a plan together my expectations are too high, and of course I will become disappointed. So, I have to step back and go into humility. When I allow myself to go into that phase, without forcing things, I begin to see what I can change about the plan and the certain points that I have missed. What I thought was an impossible job made my creativity take over and it turned out to be easier than I thought.
The second day an unexpected thing happened. A man from the security company came to our house to work on our security system. He checked out our garage and said: “Oh, you really are organised here.” I had warned him about the chaos in there, but he thought we had structure and order”. He made me laugh at my own impatience.
This was a reminder to me. When our plans do not achieve purpose, sometimes it means they need a little more time. Rome was not built in a day, there is no perfect plan.
Was this a reminder for you of yourself?
Take care and have a good weekend!