The day I walked away from 100 guests

IMG_1971I actually feel quite proud of myself.  The other Friday I managed to walk away from 100 guests, and trust that everything would be fine!  It was a Thank-You dinner for all those who volunteer in our church, and it was my job to make it all happen.

I’d been chatting with some friends about work life balance and how life is calmer when we’re one step ahead and not leaving everything to the last minute.  A habit that’s not always easy to achieve when you’re a natural born procrastinator.  However with this thought ringing in my ears, I’d ensured as much as possible for the dinner was done a day or two ahead of schedule.  Little did I know how significant this would be.

She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear  Proverbs 31:21

At 6am on the morning of the event my mum phoned. She’d fallen down the stairs and had landed awkwardly, an ambulance was on it’s way but could I come too?  I needed to get the kids to school but I would then only need an hour or so in the office to finalise and delegate the plan before leaving to be with my mum.  I was so thankful that everything was already organised and in place. My mum had broken her hip and would need to stay in hospital for an operation.

The following week was a blur of hospital visits, school holidays and my daughters birthday.  Things that had been organised had to change as we lived day by day in response to hospital news.  At times life felt quite frantic (hence no blog last week) but once again the woman in Proverbs 31 gently encouraged me to plan ahead as much as possible.

I suspect I will always have a tendency to procrastinate, but I will never forget the value in being one step ahead, and prepared for what comes.


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