Best Laid Plans…

You think you got it all figured out. The schedule is set, plans are made and then…bam…something happens, and everything falls apart. What do you do? Do you try to salvage the original plan, or do you start all over again from scratch or do you just say forget it, obviously it wasn’t meant to be?

This is where I was at last night. The evening was set for dinner and just watching a little television. My idea for today’s blog was already formed and ready to go. I had a good day watching the CrossFit Games, but then all hell broke loose. The rest of the evening was spent in the Emergency Room.

Neil’s right arm became more numb than normal (side effect from a small stroke 5 years ago) and it wouldn’t stop, so off we went to the hospital. Let me tell you something…it is not like you see on television. There is no rushing around of staff, nobody running in and out checking vitals and beating on chests to bring anyone back alive and most important and most disappointing…no George Clooney coming in with that smile, telling you everything is going to be okay. It was just boring waiting for them to take him down for an MRI and then another long wait to get the results that said he was fine, just his blood pressure got a little high and we could go home. So, off we went, got something quick to eat and went to sleep. Well, he slept, I was up for hours watching “Two and a Half Men” on my phone.

The plan this morning was he was going to go to work. Okay, that’s fine if he was up for it and then I would sit down and write the blog as normal. Nope, we both went back to bed, and I decided to not write the blog today. I figured I would be forgiven as soon as I dropped you all a little note telling you what happened last night. I like to keep you updated on all things. But something happened. I woke up at 7:30, the time I normally publish, and grabbed my phone to dash off a quick note but decided I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to sit down and actually write a post. I changed directions and I am glad I did.

I have been writing this blog since last October and there have been only about 4 times I did not publish an actual post…when my brother passed away and when I was sick last week. I hated not posting those times and was kind of mad at myself for not making it happen. So today, I made it happen. I decided it doesn’t matter if I hit publish at the normal time or if I am late. I am not going to just stop in my tracks and let it fall apart…which is my usual MO. I decided to get up and go with the flow and make it happen. And I am glad I did.

So, let me ask you, what do you do when plans have to change? Do you go with the flow and keep the plans moving? Do you start from scratch and rebuild the plan? Or do you just say screw it and let the plan fade away? Does your outlook depend on how big and important the plan was to begin with? Let me know how you pivot in these situations.

It may seem silly, but I am glad I kept this plan today. It’s a small thing, but I made the commitment to publish 4 times a week and I am happy to say that I am in line to make it happen. So many times, I let the plan just fade away and I never get back to it and I miss out on a lot of things. No more…I am going to learn how to readjust when I need to and keep the ball rolling in the direction I want it to be. How about you?

***Question for the comments…What do you do when your plans go astray? Do you tweak them, make new ones or let them fade away?

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