A delayed evening flight is a bad excuse for imbibing in caffeinated beverages. Don’t do it. As soon as you do, the flight will miraculously depart and arrive on schedule. And you? You’ll still be wide awake at 3:45 in the morning writing drivel on the computer when you should be dreaming of a deserted island with a hammock and unlimited iced lemonades.
I’m sure myriad other ways exist for driving yourself bonkers. But this list seems pertinent to my week as I prepare for a wedding reception for my daughter who got married last week. Remember last week? It feels like months ago.
If you have a big event coming up maybe you can learn from my short list.
Five Ways to Drive Yourself Bonkers:
- Worry about things you have no control over.
- Assume you can do everything yourself and don’t ask for help, even when help is offered.
- Wear something brand new to an important event without having sat down, stood up, walked around in and gotten in and out of a car while wearing it.
- Try to find something interesting to watch on broadcast television after 10 p.m.
- Put off important details until the last-minute. (See number 4 above)
That felt a little negative and sarcastic. (Ya think?) Let’s try a different tack:
Five Ways to Recover from Your Own Mistakes
- Pretend that you planned for things to work out the way they did.
- Learn to delegate and to graciously accept help.
- Take a power nap and then eat some chocolate.
- Read a great book while sipping a cool beverage and ignoring your texts, tweets, reminders and calls.
- Fall asleep while reading (see 4 above) and stay that way as long as possible.
Not very realistic, for me anyway. Maybe I should fling caution to the wind (sorry, a cliché) and go all out:
Five Things I Would Do Differently Next Time I’m in Charge of Something Humongous.
- Rob a bank and hire out all the work. Every. Last. Detail.
- Start a meticulous daily to-do list months in advance and don’t allow myself access to any media or chocolate until the days’ tasks are done.
- Book a cruise to anywhere for the week of that event.
- Just say no? (See how effective that was…I can’t even write a sentence that sounds declarative and forceful.)
- Develop amnesia.
Okay, Okay, I can do this. Really, truly. Seriously. One more try for the Gipper. (What does that mean anyway? Remind me to look it up.)
Five Brilliant Insights That Will Save You Heartache and Improve Your Life and Save Your Sanity:
- Understand that you’re human and things aren’t going to turn out perfectly.
- Accept that life happens and that detours, side trips, distractions and worries are part of the process.
- Someday you’ll be able to look back on this and laugh. Someday in the far, far future.
- Remember the Beanie Baby. (Not sure if that really applies, but it just came to mind, it must mean something.)
- Love these people in your life, even when it gets bonkers.