Mother Nature Had Other Ideas

Many of you, who have been in the office recently, have heard about the schedule that we had planned for the past weekend. The weekend was going to be... let's just say overscheduled. Given some additional planning, everything was under control. At least it seemed that way, but Mother Nature had something else in mind and all of our plans were changed by one winter storm! Throughout the weekend I learned a couple of lessons that I thought were worth sharing.

The schedule for the weekend included a soccer tournament (with a team lunch after one of the games), a lacrosse tournament, and a two-day lacrosse clinic spread out over Saturday and Sunday. To further complicate things, we also had the mayhem that follows losing an hour of sleep... and Carol was going to be getting away with the girls for a much-needed weekend away...With all of that going on, I knew it was going to be a challenge. In order to get everyone where they needed to be, I knew that I needed to get some help. 

Lesson #1 - Know when you need help and don't be afraid to ask.

In order to get the help I needed, I scheduled everything out. I had to determine which events I could make happen on my own, and which ones would require assistance. Then I needed to figure out who would be able to help get our kids where they needed to be. Our family is very fortunate that my Dad lives close by, and he has always been more than happy to help whenever he can. So he was the first person I reached out to. Luckily, he was free and was looking forward to some extra time with the girls.

Lesson #2 - Know who you can turn to when you need help

Everything was planned down to the minute for all of the activities. Needless to say, I was proud of myself. That is when life threw a little curveball at me. Mother Nature stepped in and threw (hopefully) the last snowstorm of this winter season at us. As the snow fell coating the ground and accumulating about 3 inches, our plans quickly changed. Late Friday night we were notified that the soccer tournament (and team lunch) was canceled, and so was the first day of the lacrosse clinic. All of a sudden, the time spent planning Saturday's events was completely irrelevant. On Sunday, the other shoe dropped... The lacrosse tournament was also canceled. The only planned event from the weekend remaining was the lacrosse clinic on Sunday.

Lesson #3 - Know when to throw the plans out the window and start over.

You may be wondering what we did all weekend, since all the plans were basically scrapped... We just had a great weekend playing in the snow and spending time together! I did miss getting to watch my daughters competing on the fields, but I did get to watch them laugh and have fun together! And that is priceless.

Lesson #4 - Spend less time focusing on what you missed out on, and focus on what you have

Movement is my medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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