My son had a fever today of 103F. Aside from taking care of him, I didn’t have time to do much else this evening, which is when I normally do a lot of work. It seems like he’s back to normal, but I’ll still need to check in with him at least once more during the night. I’m glad he’s feeling better because fevers are nothing to laugh at.
While I hate that he is sick, the timing of his fever did remind me of something important. So, I guess there was at least a lesson that I learned from it. Life happens! Things don’t always go according to plan. If anything, they usually go anything, but to plan. That means that you need to avoid planning things too tight. You need contingency time built into any plan that you have.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go heads down sometimes and try to get things done as fast as possible. If you do that all the time though, it will backfire. Something will inevitably happen that will demand your attention, like a sick kid or a car that breaks down and you’ll be scrambling. Schedule too tightly and you might even see those issues snowball until it is impossible for you to recover in time for you to meet your goal. That’s a terrible feeling, especially when it’s at a can’t fail moment.
My son getting sick when I’m a little behind in my self directed life pivot (God, I have to stop procrastinating and figure out what to call what I’m doing), is not a huge deal, but it does slow me down at a time when I don’t want to be slowed down. That means it’s a great time for it to happen. No horrible repercussions, but a reminder that I need to do better with my scheduling, my focus and in my determination to eliminate all procrastination. So, while it’s a bummer that he was sick, I’ll double down and be better for this lesson.