Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if things went how you imagine them? In your ideal world, every dog would be friendly, everyone would want to be your friend and dinner would always be chicken – served up hot and exactly when you want it. The fridge would always have your favorites and you’d never spill on your best shirt right before leaving for school. Sigh. Let’s muse on that for a moment. Done now? Good. I have something to tell you.
Here’s a little secret you need to know: you will be inconvenienced. It’s true. Know how I know that? Because it happens all the time. Lately, you seem to buck more than usual at it but it’s quite important that I help you lean into it now. Not that you pout when you don’t get your way. Thankfully, you’ve never been like that; but you’re the more subtle type. You like to propose something different; something more to your liking. I get it. That’s not so terrible. But sometimes, being inconvenienced is just unavoidable.
We adults have become inured. When something goes smoothly, we celebrate and offer up a thanks; when they don’t, we’re not terribly surprised. Kids, on the other hand, gripe and snort a little more. So I thought I’d give you a heads-up. The truth is, you’ll be inconvenienced a lot. That roommate in college might be tough to live with; the baby you adore won’t sleep as much as you’d like her to (I know this in advance because she has your genetic make-up), you and your girlfriend will cross communication wires sometimes. The movie will be sold out, the cookies will flop and someone will need a ride at the worst time. It happens. What I care about is what happens with you when it happens.
See, sometimes when life throws you a curve ball, it’s a great opportunity. At the moment, it doesn’t feel good and you are tempted to go another way, maybe a grumpy way, but choosing a peaceful stance is wise. Let things ride. Don’t freak out. Look for another option. I only know this because I’ve tried the freak-out way. It doesn’t get you anywhere. I’ve also tried the ‘Okay, Lord, what do you have for me in this?’ way and it’s always better.
So when I was up at night, walking the floor with you, your smile made it worth it. When you had to take another bus home, you made a 2nd grader’s day. Someone gave us a rain check and we had a blast hanging out with someone who needed a place to go. Were we initially inconvenienced? Yes, but the alternatives were equally lovely. So, dear child, don’t set your mind too firmly on your first plan….there might be something even better right around the corner.