I'm a person who likes order, focus, plans. I make lists, lots of lists. I like knowing what's going to happen ahead of time.
But the good news is that when the unexpected hits us, most of us have coping mechanisms, or if we don't, we develop them quickly. Some of the best advice I was ever given happened during my first week as a brand new teacher when a fellow (experienced) teacher said, "Just remember to be flexible." I always have.
In trying to be flexible, I've developed my own very short list of personal coping mechanisms over the years for those times when life gives me...something I didn't anticipate. It has served me well.
When the unexpected happens, I set aside the things I can set aside, and I focus on small tasks that can be dropped and picked up at a moment's notice (right now I have a book I'm editing and will be uploading soon, but that takes lots of concentration, so this week, I'm reformatting The Wish List and getting it ready to be re-uploaded to various book sellers with a new cover and a new blurb). There's a certain satisfaction in slowly watching this come together as I take care of more important business.
The other thing I do is read old favorites. Since I've been there before, I don't mind stopping and setting them aside when I need to. But because they're satisfying books--the old favorites I pull out during these times always have happy endings--they make me feel good during a time when things are bit frustrating.
So here are the results of my now reorganized week. The new cover:
And the book that made me smile this week:
How do you change things up when the unexpected happens? What types of books are your favorite comfort books?
Have a wonderful day!