Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
I’m leaving on a short road trip tomorrow with my brother to an appointment of his and it got me thinking about how I usually act before going somewhere. Overthinking what to pack, which leads to overpacking…picturing where we are staying ahead of time…thinking about what we’ll eat…little things that, at the end of the day, don’t matter all that much. I’m writing this the night before we leave and it’s weird to think I haven’t packed a thing yet. Today was honestly just a funky day and I never got around to it. We’ll only be gone for three days, and only there for one full day…but my type-A perfectionist overthinker self can’t believe I don’t have a packing list written and ready.
But you know what? Instead of meticulous planning, I’m taking a deep breath tonight.
Instead of worrying, I’m going to get up early, do my morning routine, pack a reasonable amount into a backpack, make my coffee, and hit the road with peace and joy in my heart for this little adventure.
I’m going to practice what I preach and choose to have a positive mindset. I’m grateful I get to be with my mom and brother. I’m excited for what I’ll see out my window on this road trip.
If you have a hard time learning to go with the flow or struggle to let go of the checklist and the planner…I’m with you. But your days don’t have to be completely planned out down to the minute to be meaningful and full of joy. Coming from a girl who would normally choose plans over spontaneity, I know some of my best memories are from moments I never planned and just lived. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
God has us in His hands. We are right where we are meant to be in His great plans for our lives. So if we trust in Him, we can live in more freedom with a lot less weight on our shoulders if we hand him the planner and calendar and let Him lead. (Wait, no, give me the planner back God, haha!)
Whatever you have coming up, whatever is worrying you, let it come. Let it go. Breathe deeply, and live in the moment because today is truly all we have. I am all for planning and organization — I believe it can create success in our lives. But I’m seeing that it’s just as good to let God lead me more and let go of my little plans in exchange for His big ones.