"There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."~ Henry Kissinger 1923-
Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could schedule our crises?
“I’m so sorry, Brenda, I can’t. I have a crisis scheduled for 10am Tuesday. Can we reschedule for later that afternoon?”
Each week we would know exactly what was going to fall apart and when. We’d have advance notice so we could allot the appropriate amount of time to deal with that particular problem.
And we could compare calendars!
“I’m free Wednesday after 3 and before 8 or Friday’s completely open.”
Never again would we have to drop everything to respond to a friend whose partner just walked out (or in) on them. No more “But mom! It’s my turn to bring 50 cupcakes for snacks today.” Everyone would be in perfect synch and we could get on with doing those other things that get pushed asked during panic moments.
Of course, this isn’t possible and I’m sure Mr. Kissinger knows that. So we learn to cope no matter what. Somehow we figure out that if we keep writing with this hand, we can still pick up the crying baby or answer the phone with the other. We can still get to ballet/soccer/softball/chess practice. There is an unspoken belief that we will get things done regardless.
I can remember a time when my life seemed to be nothing but one major crisis after another. I survived those times by leaning on friends and talking myself through things. I learned a lot about the power of positive speaking in my own life. I learned that there are things I can control and things I cannot. I’m trying, even now, not to stress over things I cannot control.
What about you? How do you deal with the inevitable “THE SKY IS FALLING RIGHT NOW” moments of life? Can you take life’s lemons and make lemonade while on a dead run for your next appointment praying the car doesn’t die? Do you hide under the covers and pretend the alarm never went off or do you charge forward, ready to tackle whatever is presented to you, no matter what? Do you blow up before you have a chance to take a breath and see if this crisis really will end the world as you know it? I’d love to know how you deal with those “WAH” moments…