I can be a very particular person, not to be confused with a perfectionist, but I am certainly a forward-thinking person who knows what she wants. There was a time when I would mull over any and every detail of my life to ensure things went as I’d envisioned. I left little to no room for flexibility and would be terribly disappointed if my plans deviated. It took me a long time to realize that the only thing promised in life is change.
As much as we plan and prepare life will never always go as we want. Actually, more times than not we have to revise our plan or scrap it altogether. No matter the number of contingencies plans life has a way of shaking things up. Just imagine, you are taking a nice walk on a glorious day; then, you stump your toe, trip and bruise your knee. Well, that walk is on life’s path and that stumble is life happening unexpectedly.
This may ruin your otherwise beautiful day or may motivate you more so to enjoy the day in spite of a little stumble. This may cause you to scrap your plans, or may motivate you to continue forward, but after you’ve made some adjustments. We have heard countless stories people going about their day and, then, BAM the unexpected nature of life happens, which changes everything.
For me, the best way to deal with this is to be adaptable. Learn how to roll with the punches if you will. Learn how to turn lemons into lemonade or a lemon meringue pie—even tastier. Yum! For example, I still went on vacation when I was abruptly laid-off a week before my vacation abroad, my birthday and the holiday season. And, you know what? I had the most amazing time. I pride myself on not stressing and giving myself the space to breadth while I figured out my next move.
Now, I am not saying to throw caution to the wind, planning is absolutely necessary to achieve goals. However, within your plan allow some room for the unexpected; you should allow yourself some level of flexibility. Your plan shouldn’t be so rigid that it crumbles from the slightest of deviations. Oh, the agony! If you have a four-year plan and it takes you six years or more, then, so be it. My cousin went through law school twice. Law school—twice! The important takeaway is that you plan, persevere and allow some flexibility because life will happen. It is on you how you choose to respond to the continual changes that life brings.
What has life taught you about change?
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