Or, if you prefer The Shirelles to John Lennon, “Mama said there’ll be days like this…” In either case, sometimes it’s all about getting through without making things worse.
If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, use your self-awareness practices to discern the best way to support yourself for the day. If you’re feeling under the weather physically, make sure you get regular medical care to either rule out illness or treat it. If you’re gripped by mood or misery that doesn’t remit or resolve promptly, get some help from a counselor.
The New Plan A is all about balancing acceptance and change.
Popular culture has taught us to hyper-focus on the latter, and while effective change strategies are essential for a feeling of mastery in our own lives, skills for accepting life as it is moment to moment are equally vital since, as we all know only too well, the realm of our personal control and of our ability to orchestrate outcomes is actually quite limited.
The world is a complicated place. Infinite variables bear on the present moment and create its fleeting reality.
“The only constant is change,” “no man ever steps in the same river twice,” and “this too shall pass.” Comforting and agitating in equal measure, these fundamental truths of the universe require that we somehow learn to thrive in the face of them. The New Plan A is all about how to balance acceptance with change, one breath at a time, one moment at a time at the hardest of times. And remember: the only sure thing about luck is that it will change.