Day 13 – Dance in the rain y’all!

Ever have one of those days that go EXACTLY the opposite way than planned?

Full disclosure…I have been fortunate enough not to have my life change on a dime in some awful circumstance.  All that I am referring to here in this blog is mundane “this is life” annoyances and challenges.

Well kinda – there is also the great unknown that I sometimes fall prey to in my darkest days.  I came across this interesting article via Brene Brown – an amazing author and speaker – titled For True Freedom, Learn to Deal with Uncertainty.  This was at the end of a day that while spectacular and full of fun and adventure was not at all what I had planned nor expected.

But fortunately my prevailing thoughts and attitude all day was “so what, deal with it” – “enjoy it” – “embrace the day” – “yes, hiking on slippery rocks in the rain is a bit reckless” ha ha.  James and I actually enjoy an element of danger so that part was okay.

Like I said in the beginning – today was a simple example and an easy annoyance to brush off.  But what about when I worry about my kids?  One off at college doing who knows what? Will he make it in the big bad world on his own? Will he make the grades?  What will he do with his life – he doesn’t even know what he wants to be when he grows up!?!?! And then what about Evan – oh do I worry about him sometimes.  What if he keeps making bad choices?  What if he doesn’t graduate? Oh my, he’s about to be driving soon…

On and on…jobs, careers, money, friends, houses, plans and goals…it can all change in an afternoon.  You wake up in the morning with a plan and go to sleep that night wondering what in the hell happened.  I’ve had those rough days and they’re not fun.

My final thought is this…that true freedom is not in being anxious about tomorrow or even this afternoon.  It’s not from being held hostage by uncertainty.  True freedom is knowing who you belong to and that by seeking Him first EVERYTHING is already working out.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

Okay – for real, now my final thought – the blog picture this evening is by yours truly…and wouldn’t have been possible except for the fog and the early return from the park due to the rain…dance in the rain y’all!

xoxox – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.