by Gina Harrison
The past couple of years have been busy and difficult. I have completed a baccalaureate degree, certificate program, started a master’s program, and gone through some intense personal upheaval, to include starting a new job at a correctional facility – something I never thought I could do. I have learned that balance is a fleeting moment. The universe seeks to test us at a rate much faster than our pens can scribble out the best laid plans.
Many of us seek to obtain balance in our life. I suggest, instead, you seek acceptance. If you can achieve balance, accept that it will not last. Accept that change is a vital component of life and that staying the same only leads to stagnation. If you think you have it figured out, understand that a complication will come to test you and know that it will be ok.
Planning can be an important part of life. It allows us to concretely view our future. It can provide comfort and a sense of control. It can also be a snap shot of your life at that moment. Use your planner to see your successes and learn from failure.
As I view my planner for the past two years, I know it has undergone many changes. It was monthly, then daily, then a traveler’s notebook, Hobonichi and now, finally, a personal ring bound weekly and monthly planner. It may change again, I accept that. I keep these planners to remind me of how much I and mye and life changes. My daughter has gone from 4 to 6 years old. Those ages are light years apart!
During my trials I stopped keeping a planner briefly. I felt I could not bear to think about remembering them or even keeping my life together. I viewed this time as being something I would never want to remember and that was certainly a disservice to all the valuable changing and growing that I was doing. These may not have been happy times, but they were times of great personal strength and perseverance. I am proud of myself for coming through them.
So, I urge you to seek comfort in the chaos. It won’t last. If you are going through difficulty, document it with pride in your planner. See your invalid entries as the battle scars of a busy and complicated life. If you are living in balance, enjoy it and relish in it. Keep in mind; plans are always subject to change.
Gina Harrison is a registered nurse currently enrolled in a master’s degree as nurse practitioner program. She is the mom of a precocious 6 year girl. Gina is an avid planner and journal keeper. She uses her planners to stay organized and as a means of chronicling her crazy adventures. You can follow her on Instagram or on her blog.