“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
~ Joseph Campbell
This has been a difficult lesson for me to learn in my life. I’m a planner, an organizer, the antithesis of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person. I like to visualize the outcome, plan accordingly, set my course, and make it so.
I think, though I hesitate to even write this, that as I age I’m getting better at dealing with changed plans. Sometimes. Well, I try.
Yesterday, my plan for an office day spent writing and working on my genealogy project came to naught. Instead, as a result of nothing in particular, I spent most of the day in the kitchen.
I made, and canned, vegetable stock; baked bread; cooked up the week’s steel-cut oats; baked bread; made a batch of dog food with meals for a couple of weeks; and made lentil soup (http://lindahoye.com/lentil-soup/) for a lunchtime visit with Gerry’s sister and her hubby.
It was a busy, productive, and fulfilling day. Simply wonderful!
As I think about it now it was less a case of letting go of what I had planned, and more one of making a different choice. Having the ability to order my days, and change course as desired, is one of the great gifts of being retired.