When I was just a little girl, growing up in South Carolina, we always went to the beach for a week each summer.
It was a magical time.
I have wonderful memories of times there at my favorite South Carolina beach.
In recent years I’ve been returning to that same beach where those memories were made.
I LOVE TO PLAN
The most recent trip to the beach was last week.
I had planned for months leading up to it.
I love the anticipation that comes with planning.
I knew the activities we would enjoy.
The places we would eat.
Which direction, and how far, I would walk each day.
I am a natural born planner.
And I had this all planned.
It was going to be a great week.
Yes, one wonderful week of relaxing.
Of walking on the beach.
And getting lots of sleep. Oh yes, glorious (much needed) sleep.
Then the hurricane formed way out in the Atlantic Ocean.
Then it got closer.
Then mandatory evacuation orders were issued.
So, we evacuated...
50 hours after arriving.
Yes, our week-long planned vacation was over 50 hours after arriving.
THINGS DON’T ALWAYS GO AS PLANNED
Vacations don’t go as planned.
Projects don’t go as planned.
Careers don’t go as planned.
Life doesn’t go as planned.
People have said, “It’s too bad your vacation got ruined.”
BUT IT WASN'T RUINED
It just didn’t go as planned.
During our short, 50-hour vacation…
I saw 25 baby loggerhead turtles make their way to the ocean.
In all my trips to the beach I've only seen the turtles once before.
Some people go a lifetime and never see that!
I walked and talked to God.
I marveled at the beauty He provided with each sunrise and each sunset.
I watched and listened to the soothing sound of the waves. And took in the power of it all.
My vacation didn’t go as planned.
YET, I AM SO BLESSED.
I had a home to return to.
I arrived home safely, without incident.
I had family and friends checking to be sure I was safe.
I was refreshed from a change of scenery.
And in 50 short hours I broke out of the rut and routine I had slipped into.
Many people are experiencing tremendous loss, worry and anxiety in the aftermath of the hurricane.
All that happened to me is that my vacation was shorter than anticipated.
People have lost homes, transportation, power and pets.
Others have lost loved ones.
And still others...have lost hope.
It was a 50-hour vacation. Not the 7-day vacation I planned.
But things don’t always go as planned.
I EXPERIENCED NO LOSS
I gained perspective.
I gained more gratefulness.
I gained more humility.
I gained more appreciation.
I am thankful...things don’t always go as planned.