I started a new habit of laying out a few things in the kitchen before I go to bed to prepare for the morning.
It’s January, so logically, I’m doing pretty well with this habit thus far. I hope it will last, but I’m also aware that it may not.
So last night I laid out three lunch boxes and put in all the prepackaged things that could stay on the counter overnight at room temperature. I also cleaned the French press and filled the kettle for the coffee. I even went as far as to ensure that the pan I use for breakfast was clean and the coffee cups were actually in the dishwasher. Oh, and that the dishwasher clicked on – apparently sometimes I miss that step unknowingly!
I have discovered this little habit does help my mornings move a bit more smoothly. I have also discovered, though, that this habit does not eliminate all possibility of morning stress. It doesn’t ensure that my sons will get up in time or get dressed without argument. It doesn’t ensure that I will hit every green light on the way to school or that there won’t be a traffic incident that will delay my arrival.
It doesn’t ensure that a myriad of things might still disrupt my morning. So, how can I make this habit mean something? Maybe I can use this habit to remind myself that both preparation and flexibility are important. Maybe I can say to God before I get out of bed “I did what I could, I am trusting you with the rest.”
I love this Ignatian prayer by St Joseph Pignatelli, SJ about trust in the unexpected and faith in the one who has our back:
I do not know what must come to me today.
But I am certain that nothing can happen to me
that you have not foreseen, decreed, and ordained from all eternity.
That is sufficient for me.
I adore your impenetrable and eternal designs,
to which I submit with all my heart.
I desire, I accept them all, and I unite my sacrifice
to that of Jesus Christ, my divine Savior.
I ask in his name and through his infinite merits,
patience in my trials, and perfect and entire submission to all that comes to me by your good pleasure. Amen.
Say it with me: “I did what I can, Lord. I’m trusting you with the rest.”