I was just about to go out and run some errands the other day when it started to rain, which was unexpected and made me postpone my plans. If I know I’m going out to work with a client or if I’ve got traveling for a family event, or something else important going on, I do check the weather ahead of time, but otherwise unless my partner asks me what the weather is coming up, I generally look out the window or open the door and see what it’s like that day or before I’m going to do something. Why? Because I don’t find the weather predictions to be very reliable. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why it’s unpredictable, Mother Nature does what she does and doesn’t have to give us notice or follow an absolutely precise schedule.
This unexpected rain and thinking about the topic of unpredictability got me thinking about another topic that is typically associated with unpredictability and some of the feelings that goes along with it, and that’s the upcoming holiday season. I absolutely love the holiday season and I’m always excited when it rolls around, as an adult it’s more about the songs and decorations than the gifts, but there’s definitely still something very exciting about gifting and receiving gifts. But with all that there is to love about holidays, as an adult there’s a layer of stress and craziness that wasn’t there as a kid.
If you’re used to living a very scheduled and predictable life, or even just a very full life, the unpredictability of last minute gift finding, last minute parties and extra gatherings can be very stressful, but it’s also an opportunity to learn how to open yourself up to some of the opportunities that can come with increased freedom and flexibility. Just like there are benefits to having a schedule, being able to go with the flow, make changes as necessary and respond more often than react, also have benefits. The most successful people are able to find a balance between having a schedule and consistency in their life, and having the freedom and flexibility to accept last minute opportunities, not panic over changes and not feel pressured by the limits they’ve placed on their time.
This holiday season I would encourage you to use it as practice for finding out what the benefits can be of letting go a little and making room in your life for flexibility and freedom. No, I’m not suggesting you invite the craziness that the holidays can bring into the other ten and a half months of the year, but instead freeing up maybe even an hour a day or a couple of hours a week to not feel so rushed or finally get things off the to-do list, or maybe even be able to do something fun with the kids, or have time for yourself to read a book, get crafty, take a walk, start a business, invest in your relationship, or whatever you’ve not been free to do in quite some time. What benefits would you find if you had a little more unpredictability, freedom and flexibility in your life?