The other day, an amazing thing happened: I was ready for work early. It was only by about 5 minutes, but in my world: early is early. Lunch packed. Breakfast consumed. Bags ready. Car loaded. It was a miracle. Then, I put the key in the ignition of the car…and nothing. My car wouldn’t start. So much for being early.
When I was in college, this would not have surprised me. My college clunker had a laundry list of problems. I was never shocked when that thing wouldn’t start…irritated, but not shocked. However, as a 40+ adult with a child, a working spouse, and aging relatives, one thing I require is a reliable car. No one has time for car troubles.
But life doesn’t care about what you think you have time for. When life wants to interrupt…it interrupts.
Rather than view these interruptions in a negative light or as a nuisance, see what you can learn from them.
Maybe life is testing your plan B…who would pick up your kid if you weren’t available?
Maybe life is sending you a reminder….did you renew your roadside assistance?
Maybe life needs you to pay attention to something…do you need to make a doctor’s appointment or get your oil changed?
Maybe life is testing someone else…can your co-workers handle it when you’re out?
Maybe life is telling you stop and relax.
Fortunately for me, my problem was just a dead battery. Thanks to this little interruption I got some unexpected outdoor exercise as I walked from the car shop. I got to have lunch with my Aunt (which rarely happens). I got some down time to just sit and think while I was waiting for them to fix my car. I even cooked dinner that night. Overall, what started as a chaotic interruption to my morning, ended up as a pretty nice day.