C.S. Lewis writes (via Marcus Grodi):
The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own' or 'real life'. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life-the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one's 'real life' is a phantom of one's own imagination.
Of course this has always been precisely one of my greatest struggles. I live by "the plan", thrive by "the plan" - only it is always my plan - not God's.
Since being married (read into this what you will!) I am getting slowly better (day by day, decade by decade) at being able to deviate from the "the plan" without throwing a fit.
But still I struggle - some of those struggles being recorded in these spaces.
Homestead life is also a good leveler. You can never plan for the pigs getting out, for instance.
Oremus pro invicem!