Apparently this is a military saying. I’ve actually no idea whether that attribution is correct, but I like the sentiment: No Plan Survives First Contact.
I’m big on planning. If being organized were an Olympic event, I might have a shot at a silver medal. If every list I ever made had earned me a dollar, I’d be in a hammock on a small private island by now. And I don’t mind admitting, it troubles me when a spanner (wrench) gets thrown into the works of my plan. I usually fail to account for life’s little quirks (a car problem, a leaking roof, a mild cold, an unexpected invitation) and get upset or panicked when the inevitable “curve ball” arrives.
So, I love this tip. It’s a great reminder, for those of us who like to plan, that the process is a starting point, not a reasonable expectation. Plans do (and must) change and that doesn’t mean our attempts were a failure or that the world is being unreasonable.
How about you? Do you love to make plans, and does it unnerve you when they go awry?
A Spoonful of Serenity
Here are some particularly note-worthy resources for serenity seekers.
- Wondering where to start with making an emergency preparedness plan? Try these Red Cross pages.
- I’m willing to bet if you’re keen on making plans, you might be keen on buying attractive notebooks, too. How about using one of them for a bullet journal?
- It’s possible, of course, that too much planning stifles us and limits our opportunities. So, to finish, a reminder of the importance of being spontaneous.