“Every time my plans don’t work as expected I get a chance to look at life from a completely new perspective.” … Susanne
There are lots of courses and books on goal setting out there. I myself have written two of them. There are motivational speakers galore … most of whom genuinely want to help people become happier … more successful (whatever that means) … or even “Awakened” (as the new-agers and fundamentalists would say). In the end though … as almost every good Buddhist will tell you … it’s not the plans that go off like clockwork that move you the farthest ahead .. it’s the ones that don’t that really teach you the most.
I look back on the last 14 years of my life (and I can hardly believe that I’m saying that!) and recognize how many changes-of-plan have taken place. At each twist and turn I was sure that this time I Understood the bigger picture … that this time I knew where I was going … and that this time would be the last time that things changed without any notice. Well … so much for those theories!
I think that it’s a great thing to have dreams, visions and goals. I still have lots of them. However, the last decade-and-a-bit has taught me the value of being open to Capital “L” Life’s options … and interest in … co-creating “new” and previously unexplored paths. These days I’m a firm believer in following the path of Joy and My Heart … and that path is taking me into whole new realms of possibility.
Given some of the truly huge upheavals in my life I think that if I were a different sort of person than I am … or if Perky Polly were a little more reserved and quiet … I could have turned out to be one of those people who hold regular Pity Parties for all and sundry … fortunately that wasn’t an option. I’m not saying that it’s always been easy to just chuck the old plans out of the door … merely because Life said to … but it certainly has turned out to be worth everything that I went through to end up in this place in my life. There have been a lot of plans that didn’t work out the way that I expected … and there’s a lot of water under many bridges … but all in all I’d have to say that Life was right (who knew!??!) … these new perspectives I’ve learned to look through are truly awesome. “Thanks Life … you’re the best!”
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone