Sometimes You Just Have To Go With The Flow …

Long blog entry title but short, effective lesson really …

I’m a planner.  I will plan down to the last detail, consider every angle, then get frustrated when things don’t work the way I thought they would.  I’m growing to accept that I can’t control every thing and it’s okay to let go.

I wanted to finish putting up Olga (my spinning wheel) this weekend.  I finished her (finally), laid every thing out, started, was making great progress then came to the home stretch.  Was about to close in on the home stretch only to find out that I misplaced a barrel nut.  The small but very necessary part I need to complete the set-up.  It’s amazing how small things (changes) can affect outcome — either positively or negatively.  But that right there is another story.

I could cry, throw a tantrum, behave like I don’t have any sense but that wouldn’t help me.  No it wouldn’t.  I might feel better momentarily, but behaving that way isn’t going to make the setup complete.

If I don’t find the nut, I’ll go to the hardware store tomorrow to find a replacement.  Hopefully I find the size I need, then I’ll finish Olga tomorrow night.  But for today, I’m taking a deep breath,  I’m accepting that even with the best of intentions, even with care, planning and preparation, things can go awry.  So today, I’m choosing to just go with the flow.

Almost DoneUpdate: Half hour after publishing this post, I found the barrel nut.  It was literally right in front of me.  An orifice that needed one nut had two in it, that’s why I couldn’t find it on the floor anywhere.  This going with the flow thing absolutely has its merits.  Upward and onward with Olga now.  And more importantly, great lesson learned.

17 thoughts on “Sometimes You Just Have To Go With The Flow …

  1. Preeti February 4, 2014 / 12:53 am

    Yayyy for finding the crucial piece! Breathing deep and being calm about the missing piece, now that’s an amazing! My reaction would have been the opposite, with no positive outcome. Thanks for sharing your thoughts – I needed to hear this today xx

    • Nicky February 4, 2014 / 9:47 pm

      Girl trust me, it’s because I typically would have lost my cool that’s why I shared. Plus I’m really trying to manage my emotional life better and you know how it is … once you say you’re going to do something, God gives you lots of chances to put your money where your mouth is. LOLOL!

  2. Pearl February 3, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Yay! Crisis averted. Can’t wait to see your hand spun loveliness 🙂

    • Nicky February 3, 2014 / 11:33 am

      Yay indeed. Now Olga’s sitting patiently waiting for me to finish every thing else I neglected (aka housework) so I could come play with her. 😀

  3. Opal February 3, 2014 / 6:19 am

    Hooray, so glad that you found it. Yep, sometimes what we are looking for is literally right under our nose. 😉

    • Nicky February 3, 2014 / 9:08 am

      Yes indeed!

  4. sam February 2, 2014 / 11:21 pm

    How exciting to have this assembled. Looking forward to seeing all the lovely handspun xxx

    • Nicky February 3, 2014 / 9:08 am

      I can’t wait to start! I’ll definitely be showing all of it … duds and beauties.

  5. Tracey February 2, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    I’m glad you found your nut! Now I can’t wait to see what you spin. I hope one day to have a wheel too so I am hoping you will post a lot about yours and your experiences.
    You make me smile Nicky with your positive attitude, it’s a great way to live.

    • Nicky February 2, 2014 / 9:55 pm

      I’m so ready to go with Olga! I just separated a test skein of fibre and once I feel better (had dental surgery on Friday), I’ll be have some fibre fun.

      I try to stay encouraged Tracey. Life is hard enough on its own without us being down in the mouth or not recognizing lessons. Plus, I get lots of inspiration from you. 😉

  6. savethestationery February 2, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    So very true, it is frustrating in the moment but I believe that other opportunities present themselves when things don’t go as planned. And by the way my paperwork to get officially appointed as an air traffic controller is in the works! I’ll let you know when I get that letter. 🙂

    • Nicky February 2, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better!!!!! Other opportunities definitely present themselves in those moments.

      And you miss lady!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I’m so very, very proud of you! ♥

      • savethestationery February 4, 2014 / 7:57 am

        Thankyou!!! 🙂

  7. weekend knitter February 2, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    Olga sure looks beautiful from here! I just loves that new wheel look lol. 🙂 Great lesson too. My tantrum throwing has significantly decreased from once a week to once a quarter now, I think. Old habits die hard ha ha!!

    • Nicky February 2, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      LOLOL! Girl, you’re doing better than me with the tantrum dept! Those habits certainly die hard.

      Olga thanks you for your comments. She’s getting anxious to show off. 😀

  8. Spinster February 2, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    Great lesson. When things like this happen to me (too often :-/ ), I step away for a while, then come back to it. Stepping away helps me. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Nicky February 2, 2014 / 12:24 pm

      You’re more than welcome P. I have to remind myself of that lesson almost every day.

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