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Serenity Tip: No Plan Survives First Contact

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.

Serenity Tip: 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

A spoonful of serenityHere 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.


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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    March 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Pauline, I love spontaneity, and I’m going to schedule some for later this week! 😉

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      March 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Churchillian wisdom, Jean! That could almost be a quote from the man himself. (Or is it?)

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