Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Day 3 - Change the Plan, but Never the Goal

Making life changes is a journey, not a race. Even if you start out with the perfect plan, something will interfere with it. It is inevitable. You won't always be able to stick to your schedule, you won't meet
your goals, SOMETHING is going to go wrong. It's Murphy's Law of Long Range Plans. (There is a Murphy's Law for everything).

With me, it's my garden. Due to my extreme sensitivity to heat, I have to garden in the early morning, before 10 a.m. That does not always work out with my plan to start to work at 8 a.m., because if we have an unseasonably cool morning, like this morning, I'm not going to finish in time to get to work. There really is no way around this in the summer.

This morning, I missed a drop for some work I do to make my $10 pocket money on a site that pays daily. I missed it yesterday too. It's not a big deal in the overall scheme of things, but it clearly explains why you can't give up on plans.

When Plans Go Awry

As John Lennon so aptly put it, "Life is what happens while you're making other plans." I was supposed to go grocery shopping this weekend, but the friend who takes me had a medical emergency with his wife, so that didn't work out. Consequently, I had to take time out to walk down to the health food store nearby and spend outrageous amounts of money so I could have some fresh food for my diet. That threw my schedule off, and I missed some work. Then I had a lupus flare, which left me unable to concentrate for most of the day, but I still managed to line up some work for when I could concentrate enough to write.

So, I changed my plans, but my goal has not changed. I still want to earn the same amount of money this month. This just means that I'll have to work a little harder or longer or work a bit on Sundays. It doesn't move the goal posts, it just means I have to take another route to get there.

Leaving The Past Behind

What if I don't make my goal for this month? I just carry on as if I had. Somewhere along the way, when I've finally figured out a way to make more money, I'll make it up. Raising my goal for next month is only going to stress me out and slow me down.

So now it's 11 a.m., and I haven't even had breakfast yet. I'm not giving up, though. If I only get my shower, get my exercise in, and get my food tracking done, I'll be happy. Every day is an opportunity to start over.

Book Recommendation

I'm not much on self-help books, but The Alchemist is an amazing work of fiction that has changed many lives. It is a self-help book written in metaphor, and I think if you're contemplating a life change or you want to chase a dream, it's one of the best books you can read.

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  1. I have the same problems... except the transportation part, but in the past decade I have been without a car more often than not. My plans remind me of an old Yiddish proverb, which in English translates to "Man plans, God laughs". 90% or more of my plans fail to launch.

  2. HAHA! Love the proverb. Makes perfect sense.


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