The other day I defined the quest to set up a phone call with another person as a “Calendar Circus”. It really has been one as we he have tried to ring each other well more than three times. Each time we get close something happens. I know I am not alone in having this happen. For many, the circus is hidden from us as those whom might manage our calendar are going back and forth tens of times before they can secure a mutually agreed upon date, time and place (the three rings of any calendar circus that must come together). Technology can help but as long as we are humans who can’t totally control our time, it will be a circus. So what do we do? Well, we can accept that nothing is ever predictable and perfect and that it can sometimes just take time to get it all together. So, if you have someone managing your calendar, they are doing their best to be a Ringleader for you!
When I think of how we can be our best for Him in the midst of Calendar Circus, I’d suggest these things:
- Be patient when the times are being juggled
- Accept that we are not always the Center Ring featured attraction
- Show grace and understanding and don’t assume that the other party is clowning around with you
- Be as flexible and roll and tumble with our own schedules to try and accommodate
- Don’t try and make every meeting a high-wire act that causes everyone greater stress if it doesn’t happen exactly when and where we want.
We can’t escape this Circus but we can manage how we react and treat others while we are in the process. That reaction can make a big difference on how others receive us.
Reference: Ephesians 4:23 (New Living Translation)