As the title suggests, I’m realizing it may just be necessary to carve out a chunk of the day in order to be open to new possibilities.  Since recently buying a second home, dealing with a major remodel (think Tom Hanks and Shelley Long in The Money Pit), preparing another property for rent and a myriad of other projects, my Franklin (day planner) is seriously maxed out.  And although I have the best of intentions, more often than not each day is overbooked with more tasks than the time required to complete them.

But this week included one of those go-with-the-flow kind of days—the kind where, for whatever reason, I was not able to schedule my plans to the exact nanosecond.  Wednesday my daughter and I had a couple of hours to kill between appointments so we popped into her dad’s work and he surprised us both by treating us to lunch.  Mother’s Day was another one of those days.  On that particular Sunday, she and I enjoyed breakfast and a movie, but the rest of the day was wide open.  Not only did we end up shopping and encountering all sorts of new treasures, but most importantly, we discovered a newfound camaraderie. 

When my time is not fully occupied, there’s room for unexpected wonders.  It serves to recharge my battery and allows me to stop and smell the proverbial roses.  And I’m fully able to invest my energies in others through a spur-of-the-moment visit or by lending a helping hand.  It also frees me up to add “contributing beauty blogger”  for InWithSkin to my weekly schedule.  I don’t think I would like an unstructured day on a regular basis — at least during this season in my life — but flexibility is a quality I hope becomes a habit over time.  I’ll simply keep making plans in pencil, just in case. ~ cs

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