Round-Up Wednesday (September 16, 2015)
My Round-Up Wednesday posts are often a glimpse into my life. In a very real way they reflect the dreams, hopes, triumphs, and, of course, disappointments of that week and are my attempt to provide reassurance and hope that there is always something out there to be grateful for.
This last week has been crazy, beyond just normal life stuff I’ve had the added stress of planing a holiday to Germany. Don’t get me wrong. I love to travel. It’s one of the joys in life for me. I’m one of those strange people who loves the excitement building up to traveling almost as much as traveling itself. In those weeks and months leading up to boarding that plane, travel books become my constant friend as I read anything I can on about my destination marking up the pages while planning the “perfect” trip so I can fully emerge myself in the culture once I get there. That’s the problem. I haven’t been able to do that planning and so I feel VERY unprepared and I hate uncertainty. Yes, I know that things will work out and that I’ll have a wonderful wonderful time, but, that uncertainty is just killing me. So what I have I found that’s helped put my heart at ease this week.
From 7 Ways to Deal with Uncertainty to be Happier and Less Anxious I’ve been reminded to focus on what I CAN control and give up what I can’t. For this trip I can control my attitude. I can control how much money I spend. I can control my sleep schedule. I can control making memories. There will be a lot I can’t control on this trip, but if I focus on what I can control it’ll be more than ok.
From rereading past journals entries and blog posts, I was reminded that I made it through other times of uncertainty with flying colors. That times of darkness always gave way to light. That it was in those moments I learned so much about myself and others.
From seeing the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, I was reminded that it doesn’t take much to change the world around me. That to change myself and my situation, often it just requires something small.