An open door.
A forced turn.
Missing a flight, but making a connection.
Catching a break that breaks too soon.
I’ve learned that even the unforeseen, unwanted, and unpredicted are part of the plan.
Most of us go through life with a gallery of hopes, dreams and expectations. We paint pictures in our heads, and we wish, work, and wait for those portraits to become reality.
The type of job we have or the car we drive. Where we live and how we live. Our partners and relationships. They’re all part of the artwork that makes up our personal masterpiece.
There is a Picasso in all of us.
But sometimes the brush moves on its own. The canvas shakes. The strokes talk back. And all of the sudden, the picture doesn’t look anything like we envisioned it.
Our perfect girl falls in love with someone else. We don’t get the job we always wanted. We fail where we knew we would succeed. Practice doesn’t make perfect…
And then comes one of the most important realizations of our lives: we can’t predict the journey ahead of time, but we can create it as it happens.
And more often than not, it’s the unexpected that’s the most enlightening…. The heartbreaks and hardships. The close-calls and near-misses… They all reveal our strength, reflect our courage, and recharge our humility. They remind us to thank God and remember each other…. Failure is our best teacher.
Sometimes falling off the plan is The Plan.
And when the painting starts to smear, I’ve learned to turn to three principles on my palette.
1. Live in the Moment.
2. Focus on what you can control.
3. Stay poised & positive.
These sound simple. They’re not.
It’s a daily struggle to keep those principles in mind, and even harder to put them into action. But when we do, we shift our thoughts from what ‘should’ have been, and focus them on what is, and what can be…
We gain a stronger grip on the brush… and become more creative – and more powerful - than we ever imagined.
The Plan isn’t frozen. It’s ever-changing and always moving. It can transform into anything we want, as long as we evolve with it.
Like any work of art, it’s not about how perfect the picture looks in the beginning. It’s about how beautiful you make it along the way.