Routine is good, rigid is not.
I woke up yesterday with this great plan of how I would get everything done prior to my departure for Jacksonville. It was going well too and then came the monkey wrench. It became clear that my plan to return home and change into my typical travel attire - jeans, a T-shirt and tennis shoes wasn't going to happen. At least not if I wanted to get to the airport on time. Still my mind dashed to come up with alternate scenarios on how I could possibly get back home. The idea of traveling in a dress was a no go, I wanted to be comfortable! Anyway, none of my scenarios were feasible and finally I had to let it go. Well, it turns out I WAS just as comfortable in the dress and received compliments on it throughout the day -- what girl doesn't love that?!!
This morning the lesson was repeated. There is this beautiful lake outside of my hotel and I could see that there was path that looked perfect for running. I had gone to bed last night with the plan of running around the lake then hitting the gym for weights. I woke up ready to go and then realized - no arm strap. I didn't pack it thinking I would be working out indoors. Could I still run? Sure, I just wouldn't have my Nike app to know how far or how fast I ran and I wouldn't have Pandora for music. No big right? Well, still it bothered me, it was outside of my routine. Then I heard it "I am doing a new thing. I'm teaching you to let to go." I realized that I was being RIGID and could miss out on a beautiful morning run just because I didn't have what I thought I needed. Powerful lesson.
I challenge you to look at your own life. Are you so stuck in routine and what you are used to having and used to doing that you've become rigid? Routines are very important...I don't know anyone that is successful that is not a person of routine. But it's also important that we remain flexible and open. Don't let your desire for comfort cause you to miss out on a good thing!
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