As I write this blog, I am waiting for the furnace repair person to come do a pre-season check. My time slot was from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. It's now after 5:00, and I just got the call that the repairman is on his way. The previous job was much extensive than he'd planned.
I don't consider myself the most patient person in the world, and I did have tentative plans for an event that begins at 6:00 p.m. However, I decided to employ what I often encourage clients to use: the Serenity Prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." Acceptance. Courage. Wisdom. And the end result can be serenity? Sounded good to me.
I couldn't really change what happened. I could, of course, have canceled the appointment. But then I would have had to reschedule for another day. I'd already stayed home all afternoon waiting for this appointment. Once I thought about the situation and accepted it, I felt calm and serene. And I was even able to write my entire October e-newsletter and prepare it to be published next Monday. Maybe instead of my plans for tonight, I can read that novel I've been wanting to start. Hmmm, perhaps this turned out all right after all. Maybe I'll learn patience and acceptance yet!