Making interruptions to your plans a win-win. When people or circumstances interrupt your plans you can either emotionally resist your reality or you can accept it and turn it into something good.
Scott describes a three-part process for turning an interruption into a win-win outcome, a topic that is fresh on his mind. Recently, with short notice, he was obliged to attend a two-day meeting away from the office. His schedule was already full so he was forced to rearrange his commitments.
To be angry and frustrated at this, or any interruption, is a perfectly normal reaction, and there is nothing wrong with feeling this way. Anger and frustration are simply emotions, and in spite of what our parents and society would have us believe, emotions are neither good or bad, right or wrong. From a biblical perspective, negative emotions are not sinful, but how we respond to them may be. So stop judging and labeling your emotions. They just are.
The second part of the process is to accept that it is what it is, and not to resist reality. This requires a shift in our perspective from that of our initial reaction. If we fail to make that shift, and complain and become bitter, it is then we begin to sin. Though it’s human nature to fight back, the less time we spend doing so, the sooner we get to the third and often fruitful part of the process.
A little known aspect of human nature is that we actually need things to disrupt our schedules and knock us off course in order to come up with more creative, better solutions. Interruptions force us to challenge the way we think and approach things, breaking established patterns and giving us a fresh perspective. Many times an unwelcome disruption that created anger and frustration in the beginning turns out to be a blessing in disguise.
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