In our household of 10, all but three of us have been sick during the last couple weeks. From croup to bronchitis to sinus infections and good old-fashioned colds, we’ve had quite the collection of sickies around here. I am thankful to be one the three healthy folks so far.
Dealing with sickness is never fun, but in between the moments of exhaustion I am thankful.
- I am thankful that there’s a drugstore less than five minutes away.
- I’m thankful to have a dad who’s an ER doctor. He’s saved me many a trip to the doctor for prescriptions and is on call for those scary 1am croup attacks.
- I am thankful that we homeschool so my kids aren’t getting behind while they are trying to get better.
- I am thankful that I have a job that let’s me work from home so I am available to help nurse my family back to health.
- I am thankful for the reminder to slow down and rest.
The Going Gets Tough
There will always be things that come up in our life unexpectedly. A change of job, a sickness, or other needs in the family. We simply can’t plan for everything. As an emergency room physician, my father jokes that “Accidents keep him in business.” If we knew they were going to happen, they wouldn’t be called “accidents.”
Here are some strange accident statistics to be aware of:
- 11,500 Emergency Department visits are related to snow shoveling each year
- Air and Paintball Gun Injuries caused more than 20,000 ER Visits in 2008
- Table Saw-Related Injuries have remained consistently high
- There has been a 70% Increase in basketball-related traumatic brain injuries
If we knew what was coming, some days we would just hide in bed under the covers. The only thing we can do it take it one day at a time and keep our lives as simple as possible.
The Tough Take a Nap
What helps me the most in times of dealing with the unexpected is the simplicity buffer I’ve created for myself. As a homeschooling, working mom there are always things to get done. Thankfully, there are very few things in my life that would come crashing down if something doesn’t get done at the exact time I planned for it.
We don’t have busy schedules or lots of activities for the kids. So dealing with the stress of rescheduling our lives isn’t a concern.
When I’m up all night with my sick daughter my to do list for the next day gets rearranged completely. Instead of working on web design projects for clients, I move “Take a Nap” to the top of the list. I wasn’t always in a position to do that, but building in my simplicity buffer allows me that flexibility.
Build Your Simplicity Buffer
Could you use a simplicity buffer of your own? If so, start thinking about ways you could change your schedule and adjust your budget accordingly. If you cut your expenses, maybe you could work part-time. There are so many opportunities to work from home these days as well.
No one will build your buffer for you. It doesn’t always happen fast, but it can happen.
Spend some time thinking about the toughest parts of your life and the things you dream about changing “some day.” Write them down and make them actionable goals. You just might surprise yourself by what you can accomplish.
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I have to admit that I’m typically a procrastinator when it comes to dealing with Christmas. Writing this guide has helped me as much as it’s helped my readers and I’m looking for a calm, minimalist Christmas this year.