A Script For The Fall

“‘A Script For The Fall’ is the name of a blog post I’m writing and publishing today.”

“Cheri, write that and send me that today.”


OK, y’all, so. You need some background. I was listening to Coffee With Chrystal this morning; it’s a live broadcast (I don’t know why but I feel antique using the word ‘broadcast’) she produces and in this one, she talked about achieving big goals through baby steps and I learned so much.

When she uttered those words – have a script for the fall – they struck me, so as the aforementioned comment I typed on the thread rolled up into her view, she called me out in front of God and all his mighty angels, and her facial expression here suggests she didn’t believe I was gonna get it done. 😏 Lips pursed and everythang. Hmph.

Anyway. Back to the baby steps. One of the strategies Chrystal listed was having a script for the fall. My brain was half awake (she hosts these convos at O-dark:30 in the morntink) so I panicked and thought, “Fall is over; what about a script for Winter?! That’s the hardest time of year for me. Winter is when I really need to – oh, she means like when I fall down.”

When the saints of old thanked God, I now understand what they meant when they said, “Thank you for being clothed in my right mind.” Once the fog lifted, I honed in on what she was communicating.

I don’t know about y’all, but when I want to start something new, I get excited about. I can see myself in the future and Kurt Carr says and I look better. 🎙 I have done the work in the lab and have written the script that I need to be successful with this new endeavor. It takes twenty or five or ten steps and I have them all outlined with multiple bullet-pointed levels in grand detail.

And that’s good. That’s what I’m supposed to do.

But I don’t have a script for when I fall. When I get distracted. When I get bored with the process (hello, somebody!) and shift my attention from the current goal to a loftier or more exciting one. I am ill-prepared when the unexpected happens. The unexpected happens and will keep happening; I don’t know why I keep being surprised by it, like when my daughter has her umpteenth episode of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (Google it; she had one last weekend and as usual, my household came to a halt).

The problem isn’t the fall or the distraction or the boredom or the illness. The problem is that I don’t have a plan to get back on track when they do occur. And that’s what it means to have a script for the fall.

So going forward, at the beginning of my quests, I need to already have an internal or written dialogue, sticky notes, BFF reminder, pigeon with a note tied to it’s claw, something in place to get me back on track when I fall. Because it’s gonna happen, you know? And I don’t know about yours, but my Bible told me that in this world I would have trouble.

2020 has been trouble in this literal world, has it not?

So since we know there will be diversions on our journey, let’s set ourselves up for success by having a plan to stay successful.

And to everybody ob her Live who needs further convincing that Chrystal taught spin class once upon a time, in my Memories on Facebook today, this popped up. I was headed to her class at something crazy like, 4 o’clock in the morning. I was so skinny. Bless it.

Published by Cheri Washington

The pastor’s wife who keeps it real, makes you laugh, then points you to Jesus.

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  1. Hey Cheri my firstborn beloved daughter. You continue to inspire me toward righteousness. Being an example is from a higher calling more than I ever knew that I was called to. Love hugs and kisses💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💕❤️


  2. Love it! And why was I also thinking seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall) so I’m glad I was not alone and that you clarified! I love your transparency and humor. So refreshing in the midst of challenging Biblical teaching/reminders. Thanks for sharing!


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