Taking Control of Your Life

So life just punched you in the nose again, huh? You had big plans for last week with high goals, but wound up playing Charlie Brown to Lucy’s pulling back of the football just as you were about to kick it through the uprights. You planned victory and life dealt you a lesson in overcoming adversity.

That’s Exactly What Happened To Me This Week

I had grand plans to spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend developing a side business. However, a family medical emergency body slammed my best plans and I spent the better part of the last week in a hospital room. Moreover, my wife and I will be spending a lot more time in the hospital, as my oldest daughter has some complications with a mid-term pregnancy. She’s doing fine now, but my plans are on life support.

What Do You Do When Life Drops a Bomb

Life will drop the bomb on you when you least expect it. Just ask my daughter, who had planned to be shopping for baby clothes right now instead of being confined to a hospital. She had plans to oversee my son-in-law’s assembly of the crib. She had plans of decorating the baby’s room and is instead staring at hospital walls.

When Life Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade

My daughter is an extroverted, strong-willed young lady. Not to be outdone, she planned a Fourth of July party in her hospital room. She didn’t hold back. We had about 10 friends, hotdogs and hamburgers, music, and lots of laughter lighting up the room. Threw in a round of Uno, of which yours truly lost. That gal has invited friends from all over to come into town just to visit here. And they are showing up.

Fourth of July “Baby Party”, with daughter Hillary dressed in red

Life is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans

The late cartoonist Allen Saunders nailed life when he said way back in 1957, “life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” Our family is still on track to hopefully bring my first grandchild into the world in the next couple of months. But we didn’t plan it this way. Nobody ever voluntarily plans a long-term hospital stay. Yet, in the process we are creating beautiful memories.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Whatever plans of yours that recently got knocked off the tracks, keep on trucking. Sometimes the interruption is worth it. A couple of years from now, when I’m hopefully blessed by God to be bouncing my granddaughter on my lap, I won’t remember my original plans for this past weekend. However, I’ll remember the rest of my life a Fourth of July party in a hospital room, surrounded by my daughter’s good friends. I’ll remember the party interrupted by a nurse coming in to do a sonogram. I’ll remember hearing the baby’s heartbeat and won’t stop to think about the Fourth of July fireworks that we didn’t get to shoot. 

Sometimes life interrupts our plans with more important plans of its own. That’s what we call memories years on down the road. Make memories, my friends, good memories.

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