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January 2, 2015

I hate being unprepared.  I don’t like the unexpected or the things I can’t control.  I like to know what is going to happen and when it’s going to happen.  And while my feelings about this might be on the extreme end of the spectrum, to a great or lesser extent we are all a bit this way.  We live in a culture that tells us to be prepared for things, to plan ahead, to be intentional about what we want and then to make those things happen.  Being “unprepared” is not something our society values.

But this morning, while reading something, I was reminded of all the wonderful things that you can’t prepare for.  You can’t prepare for the text or phone call from a friend that makes your day; you can’t prepare for the beautiful sunrise or snow fall; you can’t prepare for kind words or gestures from a stranger; you can’t fully prepare for anything you do for the first time.  Sure there are lots of things that happen to us, which we don’t expect or prepare for, that are not great.  But there are so many many things that we can’t prepare for that are absolutely amazing.  Yes there are things we should spend time preparing for and planning for, but when we get caught into thinking that everything in life has to be that way, we miss out on so much.  So maybe this year we need to “prepare for” less and be open to seize the moments and opportunities that we can’t prepare for in life.  Who knows what might come our way.


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