“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”.
Life happens. Don't get upset. It is what is. Things unravel and come undone. People get sick. Schedules change. Things just happen.
Whether you are leading a meeting, teaching a Sunday school class or presenting a workshop, you need to be flexible. You can't lose it simply because things are not working. Keep it together.
The next time things go out of sync:
- Accept it: Since it happens like it happens, deal with it. Come to grips with it and don't let it get to you. Deal with it. Simply accept it.
- Adjust to it: Once you have accepted it, you need to adjust to it. Make immediate changes to get through the short-term period of adjustment. Simple shifts can certainly help you make things work out when you have to make changes and adjustments.
- Adapt because of it: You've adjusted for now. Now, since you have some experience, make adaptations in your planning. Allow enough "wiggle room" for life to happen without having a total meltdown due to a two-minute emergency. Keep good notes as you reflect on this experience. Make the right adaptations as you plan for the next time.