When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

I planned on having today’s blog written and posted earlier but life (or a washing machine) decided to change those plans for me. I started a load of laundry with the intention to sit down and write my blog afterward. I put a few things in and went to gather more.

When I stepped back into the laundry room I was surprised by the sound of water splashing under my feet and the feeling as if I were wading in a kiddie pool.

The washing machine decided not to stop when it was full but to keep filling up with water. It was working overtime.

After calling my daughter to grab a bunch of towels I started the clean up process. Ten towels, a couple rounds with the wet vacuum and about an hour later it was back to normal.

I was already feeling a bit overwhelmed because we’re leaving for a trip in a few days and I had so much that I needed “to do.” I tend to feel mixed emotions of excitement and a little anxious before each trip. I will share more about that in my next blog.

So I had a choice to make. I could handle the situation by feeling frustrated, which I chose for a couple of minutes, or to let go and breathe. Either way wouldn’t change what happened but it would affect how I felt.

I chose to let go and realize in the scheme of life this wasn’t a big deal at all. I thought about all that I have to be grateful for in my life, starting with my family being healthy and happy. I’m grateful that I was home and didn’t start the washer and leave.

I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had left for a few hours. I think we may have had an indoor swimming pool.

After “operation clean up," I went out to our daybed cabana and meditated.  I also wrote down a list of things I'm grateful for. It helped change my state so I could feel relaxed and ready to write the blog.

When life throws you a curve ball and changes your plans, how you choose to react is within your power and can mean the difference between feeling stressed or peaceful.

Letting go, trusting and going with the flow of life rather than fighting it can bring us some of our greatest gifts and moments. It also brings a sense of peace when we accept what "is" instead of wishing it were different.

Some of my most treasured memories are from times when I didn’t have plans but instead was open and allowed the day to unfold. This is true not just for everyday life but for vacations as well.

A few years ago my husband and I went to Santa Barbara for the weekend and didn’t have any plans. We got up each morning at our leisure, walked around holding hands and exploring the town. It was very relaxing and gave us time to connect.  It's one of our most cherished memories.

What are some of your favorite memories that happened when you had no plans and just allowed the day to unfold?  Please share your comments below.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Travels!