According to Plan

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

And when they don’t, it’s easy to call it a failure.

You can throw in the towel.
Abort mission.
Start the list of excuses.

OR

You can take this as an OPPORTUNITY for a new plan
that may hold even better results.

Tonight was date night with my little princess.

Plan “A” was to go to the trampoline park and jump for a couple hours. It’s one of her favorite places.

However, within 5 minutes of arriving, her stomach became unsettled and we decided to leave.

Bummer.

So it was off to Plan “B” which was walking along the Columbia River and watching the sunset.

Unfortunately, with the breeze and no jacket, it was too cold for her. So our walk lasted about 50 yards.

Bummer.

So then Plan “C” was to drive a short distance over to the airport to sit and watch the planes land.

This is something that we used to do frequently when she was young and now do rarely.

Bingo!

Great conversations while watching the planes land about a hundred yards away.

Talking aerodynamics and physics.
Talking life.
Talking family.
Talking transcendence.

Her take: “It wasn’t what we thought this evening would be about, but it was still fun.”

Take every turn as an opportunity.

Find new paths.

Find new successes.

What if I fail?

What if I fail?

I know that nobody is perfect, but I can’t let them see my mistakes.

Oh how I’ve said these lines to myself for so many years.

And for what reason?

Conditioning by our parents, our schools, our society?

Success!  Excellence!  Perfection!

They are all just a matter of perspective.

Did you really fail or was it just an opportunity to learn?

Did the failure ever happen or was it just a made up story?

Was it really a deep-rooted fear of possibly succeeding?

We can come up with a hundred reasons why will dodge the TRUTH in our hearts, but none will bring us satisfaction or success.

Maybe it’s time to shift our perspective and take some ownership.

Time to own our actions.
Time to own our successes.
Time to own our fears.
Time to own our frustrations.
Time to own our thoughts.
Time to own our words.

Does hiding behind a mask, or mincing words, or hiding emotions really help you or me?

I think not.

Maybe it’s time to start living boldly. No apologies. No regrets.

Say what we need to say.
Believe in what we need to believe.
Do what we need to do.
Feel what we need to feel.
Try what we need to try (even if it means failing along the way).

Then maybe we find a new set of questions…

What if I succeed?

What if I live with integrity?

What if I change the world?