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Life is a delicate balancing act. We all juggle multiple balls at a time; Working, being a parent, being a spouse, volunteering, working a side hustle… the list goes on and on. So what happens when life throws a curve ball at our precariously balanced life?
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Well, at least at first, something gets dropped.
And the thing is, the curve ball doesn’t have to be a big one. Last summer we lost my father-in-law. That was a big curve ball. This weekend was Easter. Little curve ball, and I saw it coming, but it still led to a dropping of balls on my part. Laundry didn’t get done, my post didn’t get done, school work didn’t get done, I didn’t pack my lunch, I missed Walking Dead, and I am exhausted.
But here’s the important thing. I’m okay.
I’m at work, and I’m dressed in clothes that are perfectly fine, and I have something to eat for lunch so I won’t starve. I’m writing a new post, and will finish up what I had scheduled for today another time. I was able to do my school work this morning before the kids got to class. And Walking Dead is on the DVR, waiting for me tonight.
The world didn’t fall down because I didn’t get to everything on my to-do list. Sure I had to play a little catch up. Sure I’m eating leftovers instead of my super healthy mini-crock omelette scramble. Sure, I have to avoid social media to avoid spoilers (and that could be a good thing).
Life goes on.
And everyone’s fine, including me.
So when life throws you a curve ball, and you have to drop a few other balls to catch it, go ahead. Laundry can wait. Your kids will be fine, thrilled even, having cereal for dinner. You will not destroy the planet if you use paper plates for a few days.
And don’t forget to ask for help.
How do you handle it when life throws you a curve ball? Share in the comments.