Have you ever had plans in the winter to go out with your friends, enjoy a dinner out and maybe grab a movie? How about those times when you're planning a big day? You know, a day, like a birthday, a fun trip or worse yet, a wedding.
What is so bad about this?
When planning anything like that in the winter months particularly, and it snows on you, then joy goes out the door and disappointment sets in. Not to mention frustration.
That has been our experience in the past three weeks. Let me tell ya. Since the first week of February we have had more snow than we've had in the past two years. Being that southern Ohio is not equipped with the regular tons of snow plows, salt trucks, etc. like we did when we lived in northern Illinois; our schedules had to be modified, to say the least.
We’ve not been able to go hardly anywhere. The school system has closed off and on for two weeks. College has also closed several days. Businesses have had limited action, if any at all. As a pastor of a small church, in a small town, in southern Ohio, we have not had church services for almost the entire month. Now that, to me, is nearly devastating.
So how do you deal with those times when your plans are shattered by snow, ice and zero degree temperatures? I don't know about you but here are a few things our family has been able to do and still enjoy ourselves.
1. We shoveled, shoveled some more and salted our driveway. Nuff said. Ok, that does not count as a #1 thing to do, but I thought I’d get it out of my system.
2. We played cards and board games. Good family times and interactions.
I have learned that a family that plays together - stays together. Tweet That.
3. We watched movies that we rented.
We do this almost every weekend, actually. We enjoy watching good movies together.
4. We prayed and did a little self-evaluation for the sake of growth, as well as development in our own lives and in the work place.
5. I've had the chance to work on my writing and study longer hours. More posts, more blogs and more writing on my new book.
6. Worked. Some of us can still work from home, and so we did work and took care of business as usually – just not as much as we often would.
When it comes to our kids, they still had school (to their disappointment) since we homeschool (they did get two snow days though).
7. We prayed and rescheduled some of our activities that we had. We have close friends that we had plans to hang out with one day and that had to be rescheduled. Our families have not seen each other in a while so it was rather disappointed to be snowed in.
8. We dreamed. Yes, not sleeping of course. We dreamed about our lives. We had time to search our heart's desires and began to dream about what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it. This is always a fun time, a growing time and a developing time. We came together and talked about some of our plans for the future and how we wanted to reach more people, do different things and increase our revenues.
Shannon L. Alder once said: “Sometimes, the only thing that stands in your way from moving on completely is one question. Sadly, it is the one question God asked another person to answer for you. Be the solution, not the problem.”
9. We answer the phone. And if that wasn't enough, just now, at 8:55 in the morning, my wife gets a call to coordinate a wedding - a winter wedding. Yes, some of us are still working while buried in 11 inches of snow. Like I said, we’re still working.
When snowed-in or when stuck in transition, it is important to be ready to refuel, reload, refocus or reform. Just because interruptions come to our lives (sometimes consistently) does not mean that life has to stop and become couch potatoes all day long.
Our best response would be to trust God with our lives, listen and learn from those unexpected times when they seem to hold us back.
The Best Way to Advance
Truth be known, much of our lives are made up of interruptions. Things happen all the time. The best way to advance while stuck in transition is to respond to the situation at hand instead of react to those things that aggravate us by way of interruptions.
Whenever you experience interruptions you have the opportunity to make something beautiful out of something that is rather aggravating. Jesus did. Most of his miracles were the result of interruptions. Think about it. Your interruption may just be a miracle in the making.
Question: What else have you done to become unstuck in an unpleasant situation? Comment below.
About the Author
Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life