Dawn Tolbert

#366Days Faith Reflections

The Best Laid Plans #366Days Day 65

I bought myself a really awesome daily planner as a Christmas gift. My friend Dana had found it online and recommended it, and I absolutely love it. It’s a great place to keep track of goals, to-do lists, and positive things I want to be sure to remember. In mid-January, I remember thinking to myself that I’d be able to look back on the first month of 2016 and measure progress on my goals and reevaluate to see if I needed to tweak my plans for the year.

Well, sometimes life has other plans.

I realized this morning that I hadn’t seen my planner in a while — maybe since the end of last week, I thought. So, I made a special trip in here to my writing space to dig it out of the pile on my desk that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Thankfully, the planner is over an inch thick so it is pretty hard to lose!

I cracked it open and it was on January 26, and the note scrawled on the calendar portion for the day said “Daddy to plastic surgeon for pre-op.”

Wow. It’s so hard to fathom that that was nearly two weeks ago! I am happy to report that Daddy’s post-surgery complications are improving. The official update that he gave me to share with friends, which was followed by a grin, was, “Tell them ‘Lord willing, I’m going to live til I die.'” My sister warned him that talk like that would wind up in a blog post, and I had to oblige.

But that page in my planner is a great reminder of what happens when we’re making our way through life.

Sometimes it is hard enough to get through the days, and that may leave little time for reflection or chasing our plans. But that’s okay. I wasn’t able to sustain my over-achiever levels of planning, but I did manage to stick with my #366Days challenge and to spend time each day thanking God — even though those words may not have made it into my gratitude journal. I appreciate Him reminding me that the relationship is more important than a checklist.

I think I’d better be sure and write that down in my planner.

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