Plan to be Surprised
When I was 8, I planned to be a stewardess. When I was 12, I planned to be a photographer.
I never planned to be a bartender, pizza delivery driver, customer service associate, or sales person. I never planned to be a writer. I never planned to start a blog.
How could I? There was no such thing as the Internet when I was 8 or 12.
To a certain extent, we can plan our days, but we cannot plan our lives. We can imagine what we want our lives to be like, but we can never see the complete picture, because it hasn’t happened.
We can hope for the best, expect the worst, or try any combination of mind control to make life be exactly what we want it to be.
We can make plans, change plans, attempt to dodge life’s curve balls and even resist change. All of those things are possible, but usually a big waste of time.
Because we are always changing, and the world is always changing, our plans will always change. Even if they are scheduled in our calendars.
The best way to embrace change and live a full life is…
- let go of rigid expectations
- be open to opportunities
- don’t let stuff distract you
- work with good people
- spend less than you make
- find the humor
- be present
- be grateful
- give freely
- love deeply
- be in awe
- be content
- keep dreaming
I strongly believe that there is a place between all or nothing. When you are going through big changes or tough times, it can be hard to see that. When things don’t go as planned, you might feel disappointment instead of surprise. Recognize the beauty of your life and make the middle count.
The dynamic way our lives unfold is exciting, sometimes scary, but mostly really amazing.
Knowing that nothing is for sure, the only way to proceed is to anticipate change and plan to be surprised.
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