“The great thing is, if one can, to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions in one’s “own” or “real” life. The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.” ~C.S. Lewis
I am a list maker. I make a list of at least 5 things I am grateful for every day. I keep a calendar where I list all commitments and appointments. I make a menu list every week and grocery lists after that. I have a list of things which must get done today, and a list of important matters which need to get addressed ASAP. I have lists of projects I want to do someday and ones I intend to do this month or “for Christmas.”
I once kept a list (read journal) of meals I served for entertaining when we lived in Indonesia which included notes of foods which were favorites or those someone disliked. As you see, some of these are lists for keeping and others which need to get checked off and discarded (replaced by new ones, of course.)
I have learned that lists get changed, rearranged, simplified. I have learned, as C. S. Lewis says so well, that things happen which are not planned and are not on my list.
And I love that God, in His infinite grace and patience with me, has taught me that I don’t know all that I will face and need, and so to practice living with grace as the unexpected, and sometimes unwelcome parts of life occur. That (with the hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory” humming in my mind) I am given both the wisdom and courage for the living of this hour, which is precisely, my life.