May 25, 2011

Shit Happens

The past week has been a whirlwind. In preparation for a vacation I was supposed to be on right now (more on that in a minute), I hustled and worked my tail off over the past several days to make sure that, for the first time since running my own business, I could put up an out-of-office replay on my email without stressing about what I might miss.

And I did get that out-of-office message up last night. At almost midnight I had crossed my t’s and dotted my i’s – had everything in good shape, boarding passes printed, bags packed, even an outfit picked out for this morning. The prep and the planning was immaculate.

Ready to head off to Seattle, I arrived at the airport only to find that my flight had been cancelled. And now, here I am, waiting to get out of town (hopefully) later tonight. That out-of-office reply didn’t stay up for long.

It’s frustrating. Damn frustrating. It’s not how I had envisioned kick-starting my much-needed vacation. But, shit happens.

It’s things like this that remind you that no matter how much you plan, no matter how prepared you may be, things are going to happen – obstacles will get in your way, you’re patience will be tested, and the rude guy at the check-in desk (metaphorically¬†speaking) isn’t going to be any help.

The lesson? You’re plan isn’t always going to pan out the way you, well, planned. Even more than planning is being prepared to deal with change, especially change outside of your control.

When it comes to the debate of fate vs. free-will, I don’t have an answer for what you should believe – but I do know that the one constant you’ll always have is the power of choice. You choose how you’ll respond – if you’ll sulk and complain after being faced with an inconvenience, or if you’ll see the change as an opportunity to take on something else (for me, writing this blog post as therapy so I don’t continue tweeting to American Airlines about how much they suck).

No one ever said you shouldn’t have a plan – but don’t stress (too much) when something doesn’t quite go your way. Shit happens. Life goes on. There’s always the next flight. Or maybe the one after that…

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  1. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”nu00a0n- John Lennonnu00a0nGreat post by the way. This is the kind of stuff I used to preach about in my college days. I think the key is definitely balance. It’s good to learn to roll with the punches, but that doesn’t mean don’t ever make plans. Make plans, especially for important stuff, but be prepared to be flexible. I like to think of plans simply as a set of guidelines for how I’d like things to happen. nnGood luck getting out tonight! And remember to score a burger at Dick’s while you’re in town :)nn- DC

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  2. Haha I just wrote about this today as well.u00a0 Plans change.u00a0 It’s how you react to the change that shows your character!u00a0

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  3. Well, we are having a lovely rain right now in Seattle after teo pretty nice days.u00a0 I do hope our weather cooperates for you!

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  4. Battlefield planning is great…nUntil the bullets start flying!nnIn the words of Bruce Lee…n”Flow like water”

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  5. I’ve always been an advocate about the power of choice in any situation. And it’s funny when the situation (in my case a job loss) is actually at your front door and the opportunity to practice those much preached words are in your face saying, “Now, what you bout to do?” Fear all the sudden starts creeping in, and you forget about your choices or lose faith in your power to choose. Thank you for this post! Helped in my refocusing efforts.

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  6. Welcome to my life – it gets better once you go international – the airports are cooler to hangout in ;)nEnjoy your holiday and turn that out of office back on!

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