#slowitdownSunday / living and loving the unexpected

the daily Starr slow it down Sunday

Spontaneity is my specialty.

I’m the one that wants to go get pizza at midnight. Last minute overnight trip? YOU BET!

Plans and schedules are tough for this girl. I’d rather that clocks didn’t exist. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world??? HA. Maybe not.

At the same time (and I know this is weird for a spontaneous girl like myself), I can get really aggravated when my plans get messed up. There are things I need to do and places I need to go and when someone or something gets in my way – well, ya better watch out.

Anybody else been there?

I don’t end up being a very nice person to my family when these interruptions happen. Over the past few weeks I’ve taken out my frustrations on them and it’s brought out the very worst in me. I snap and say harsh words and then regret it.

Oh, how I regret it.

This is where I’ve challenged myself to change.

What if I lived out love in the unexpected moments?

Instead of reactions full of anger and disappointment and assumptions, I could be the one to give grace, understanding, and forgiveness.

This is hard for me.

But, it’s worth it. I want my family to get the best of me, not the worst. 

I refuse to be the one with the short circuit or the one that makes everyone else around me miserable because things aren’t going my way. Life just isn’t fun when you’re around someone like that. And that someone has been me all too often lately.

On this #slowitdownSunday I’m reminding myself to embrace the unexpected. You’ll never know what you’re missing in those moments that take you off the radar until it happens and you give up control. Believe, me – I KNOW this. It’s happened over and over yet, still, I struggle when something unexpected comes my way.

For example – yesterday we spent the day at Carowinds with family visiting from out of town and it started to get late. I knew I needed to get back to our car in order to get my blog written and sent out (this spontaneous girl didn’t have the blog done early, of course). But then our kids stumbled on a dance party in the street and I just couldn’t be THAT mom who made them leave because it didn’t fit my schedule.

It. Was. Hard.

Like – I was having a serious internal battle right there in the street party to keep smiling and dancing or drag them out and get to the car ASAP. Silly, I know.

Finally, I let go of my need to control each moment and enjoyed seeing my kids light up and dance their little hearts out. I don’t regret it one bit. And now you know why there was no daily blog yesterday. Oh, well. The world didn’t end, did it?? Nope. HA!

This is one small step in changing who I am to live out love and not be THAT MOM!

How about you? What can you let go of to live and love the unexpected?

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