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When Life Shows Up

There’s a joke that comes to mind on days like yesterday.

How do you make God laugh?

Have a plan.

The day started out with great promise.

Here’s what was on the schedule to kick off the week:


Lorraine’s Monday

> Feed & play with the cats

> Participate in the weekly webinar

> Finish month end and running year end reports

> Run to meeting in town


Then Life showed up.

All Mondays were this close to being excised from the calendar.

Those in the know said this was unkind to Tuesday’s which would get the full spill over effect.

Here’s what Life slipped into the schedule instead, complete with a gale force whirlwind of chaotic energy for full effect:


Life’s Monday for Lorraine

> Feed cats

> Create subtle diversion to suck up all but five minutes of playtime before meeting

> Call vet about constipated cat

> Rearrange meeting in town to coordinate with vet appointment

> Half listen to weekly webinar

> Finish month end and running year end reports

> Help B decipher legal-ease in client contract changes

> Call to correct new meeting time in town due to faulty math done in head

> Say good-bye to left-brain cells

> Make a Facebook cover photo for a cat

> Run to meeting and vet appointment in town

> Pray the cat’s enema doesn’t work before getting back home (nope)

> Drink wine and eat chips before dinner

> Pinned down by two cats on my lap so can’t work (okay, not so bad)

> Laugh

Success In Life


Wait a minute.

I had to go through all of that today to be reminded to laugh?

Apparently yes, because just thinking about laughing brought about a smile and everything shifted.

The energy dissipated and the craziness gave way to …

Life happens.


I’m here.

The cat is fine.

We laughed over silly stuff.

Tomorrow is another day.


No matter what’s scheduled for tomorrow, the day will be hugely productive if all items on this list are checked off:


Life’s Every Day for Success

> Wake up

> Laugh


Just may be simple enough to ensure it gets done.


What are the sure bet ways to make you laugh?




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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.


  1. Carrie Ann Lahain on January 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Well, this post made me laugh. And on a day I needed it. Going through nearly 2 1/2 years (so far) of medical nonsense with Michael, has taught me the value of laughing and letting go. I’m a fanatical planner, so finding myself dealing with a situation over which I have almost no control has been the lesson of all lessons in humility. Laughter helps a lot. Usually I’ll pop in a funny DVD. British comedies seem to do the trick. Believe it or not, when I’m really stressed, TV works to calm me down much better than books do, probably because my analytic brain is fully engaged even when I’m reading “escapist” literature. My pets also make me laugh. They are so earnest in everything they do. Sleeping, eating, harassing the neighbors, they’re always all-in. That makes me laugh.

    • Lorraine on January 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Wow Carrie, you have quite an arsenal of laugh inducing tools at your disposal. Great list. There always seems to be a new way to learn about how much we don’t control. Laughter is definitely good for making our way through medical situations – for both the patient and their support people. Hope you and Michael will continue to laugh your way through to the other side of this all.

  2. Heather Bromley on January 17, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Oh yes, I can definitely relate to this, and the joke of how to make God laugh lol.
    My plans never seem to go ‘to plan’ so I usually write out a rough,.. well, very rough idea, of what I need to get done.
    I prioritise the main things and then just see what the day ‘allows’ me to finish of the rest.
    Great post and it did make me smile

    • Lorraine on January 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Glad this made you smile Heather. Love how you build flexibility into your day so there’s both getting things and being in the flow and paying attention to what appears.

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