365 Days of Fun in Marriage

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Make Plans


Tip 362

But Be Flexible

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I’m all for making advanced plans to do things—there’s just something invigorating about the excitement of waiting for a fun event to happen. You ponder how things are going to be; you look forward to it; you rearrange all your schedules. Then . . .

Life happens. Your mate has to work or can’t get away. An unexpected bill pops up making it impractical to go ahead with your prearranged plans. Your spouse gets sick or one of the kids gets sick.

I haven’t always been called “Glenda the Good Witch”—sometimes I know people thought differently of me. I had to train myself to be more kind, compassionate, considerate, obliging, and accepting of things in life that pop up and mess up my best laid plans. I’m a slow learner and it took me awhile to be accepting of broken plans. Some people have described me as stubborn.

For me, once I had something set in my mind, then that’s how it was going to be. Uh, that’s not how life works.

Maybe there’s no one else who has been despicable like I have been, and that’s great. Can you walk on water, too?

Seriously, though, in marriages one of the biggest lessons people have to learn in living, breathing, communicating, thriving in the same household is to learn to be flexible.

When you watch athletes, dancers, contortionists, or even children, their physical bodies are all flexible. It’s just as important to keep our minds and attitudes flexible–probably more important.

What do you think? How do you handle the situation when your best laid plans go awry?

~ Glenda (gj)

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