The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.
Bill Watterson is the author and creator of one of the best comic strips of all time, Calvin and Hobbes. I spent much of my childhood reading these in my father’s morning paper and then later in the compilations that were published.
Recently I asked my mother to send me a few of them (if they were still around) so that my 7 year old could experience the joy of the adventures that both of these two characters experienced. She blazed through the first two books in one entire sitting and who could possibly blame her as they are that entertaining and engrossing.
But it was this quote by Watterson that captured my attention this weekend as I began to look into the so-called crystal ball of 2014. I’ve got plans for this coming year just like you have plans for this coming year but the honest truth is that none of us have the faintest idea of what will really happen in the coming 365 days.
We’d like to think that we have a crisp and clean and clear picture but we don’t. It honestly makes me wonder why I spend time on planning out the year when my plans go batshit crazy every single time. I always look back on the year near the end and simply scratch my head and go “WTF…?!?”
Perhaps Watterson is dead-on with his sentiment that we really only know where we are headed when we finally arrive. I had no idea that I’d end up accepting a full-time role in the closing days of 2013 but that is exactly what happened. I had some plans, some ideas, a roadmap of sorts but it all got in the way in the end.
My goal has always been to keep my options open, as my father taught me. This means that I always need to have margin and space to say “Yes” to opportunities as they make their appearance. If I’m overbooked then I can’t say “Yes” or even consider it. There are some natural benefits to this as well as it means that I can relax a bit more and better consider my options with a clear line of objectivity. It also means that I can have a bit more fun too with my decisions.
I’m hoping and praying that you and I have an amazing 2014. Let’s plan as we usually do but never forget that the best laid plans can sometimes end up being a joke when the Master Planner lays it down.
(I call Him “God” but you can call him whatever you’d like, “Fate,” “Providence,” “Destiny,” “Luck,” “Chance,” “Fortune,” “Karma”… I just simply believe there is someone bigger who’s helping us figure it all out, that’s all.)