As Promotions Director, I'm in charge of putting events and promotions together and making sure they happen. I'm not telling you this to brag or to make myself look important, just to put it out there since it's the inspiration and background of this post.
Back to life becoming a whirlwind. I've learned over the last year and a half as Promotions Director that, when life becomes a whirlwind of activities, meetings, classes, work, and oh, right, homework, you still need to remember to take time to breathe, pray, read your Bible, talk and laugh with friends over coffee, and just take even a half hour to relax. For me, one of the best ways I can do this is my morning gym time. It's time in the morning where I can collect my thoughts and spend time alone with music and exercise before the business of the day begins. (“Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don't kill their husbands.” Name that movie :)
I've found that, no matter how much you plan and schedule and try to foresee all issues, things still happen. We recently completed a giveaway with Steven Curtis Chapman, and as with most promotions, there were some issues. I'm so grateful though, because every issue that came up we were able to fix and adapt our plan to make it happen. Not all promotions are this easy! Some of you may remember our Krispy Christmas promotion. Last year, we modified it slightly, and as a result sold over 450 dozen. The year previous we sold 70. I was anticipating 100 or so for the first few days of selling - it was way more than that! I was constantly running around getting more tickets printed and calling Krispy Kreme to see just how many dozen they could handle, and in just about every class my phone would ring with a question or something else happening. Within the chaos of every promotion though, there comes a time when I need to get away from everything, take some deep breaths, collect the pieces that fell apart, and come up with a plan to keep going. I'm very much a planner at heart, which is something God is teaching me is not always a good thing. There are times to plan, but there are also times to realize that you can't plan for everything and God is in control.
In short, when life evolves into rushing from one place to another, remember to take time to breathe. Life will get busy (if it isn't already). What you can control, though, is how you handle it. And when it's over, celebrate the success. Even if the event, exam, paper, or party didn't go how you had originally planned, celebrate that it happened, you made it through, and that you gained experience you can learn from. For me, it's reflecting on how the Department Heads of Resound were able to work as a group to put something great together and that we have experience for the next time around.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” - Colossians 1:16-17