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Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Photo by Larry Mohr

I was working at my mom’s dining room table and she was in the kitchen clanking around. Doing whatever, making kitchen noises. Then she came around the corner and said,

“Here’s the change of plans. You didn’t know there was a plan, but here’s the change.”

Plans in my mother’s retired Florida existence are always low key and subject to whims—as they should be for her. Not everybody likes change, though. If we don’t know the plan, we stress. If the plan changes, we stress. Maybe we need to step back from that. Sometimes flexibility and following intuition will get us where we want to go.

• Where are you on the change spectrum? Do you like your plans mapped out or are you ready to change with the winds?

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4 Comments

  1. Anne Mateer on the February 17, 2012 remarked #

    I’m definitely a girl that likes to know the plan ahead of time! But the Lord has been teaching me lately not only to be flexible, but to be flexible with joy. Quite a challenge for me, to be sure, but I’m making progress. 🙂

    • Olivia on the February 17, 2012 remarked #

      Anne, I completely identify! Being an author is certainly one way to learn to be flexible.

  2. Keli Gwyn on the February 17, 2012 remarked #

    I generally like to have life planned out, but I’ve become more spontaneous over the years.

  3. Olivia on the February 17, 2012 remarked #

    Keli, I think the older we get, the more we realize we control very little. Might as well roll with things!

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