The New Plan A

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn’t go as planned…and that is ok.

Today, I didn’t run 12 miles, as planned. I didn’t do my laundry. I didn’t take a shower (yet). I didn’t unload the dishwasher. I didn’t eat healthy this week.

Today, I did sleep in. I did say “yes” to brunch. I did write. I did talk on the phone with a wise someone. I did sort of kind of clean up that entryway closet.

For me, there’s a constant struggle between did and didn’t and should have and could have. I wake up most days having this grand plan and if it doesn’t happen, I sometimes fall into this trap of kicking myself about the things I didn’t do. Yeah, I had a great time with friends but I didn’t run 12 miles. Same with life. It was supposed to be that way and not this way, right?

“But, look,” said the wise someone on the phone, “sometimes plan B is the new plan A.”

Hmm…I like that. It’s not really about what I didn’t do. The way my life isn’t. It’s about what I did do. And the way my life is. Get it?

Things aren’t supposed to be a certain way. In fact, they rarely are.  The things that need to get done will get done. But maybe not in the order I thought or on the day I thought or in the way I thought. The way my life should be will be. Maybe not exactly as I had planned. And I think what “new plan A” is trying to say is: That is ok.

Sometimes things end up differently and sometimes it’s better that way. Most times, the new plan A is an upgrade. Essentially, life becomes all about how you handle the new plan A. And whatever else is meant to be will find a way.

So, today, I’m going to tackle my new plan A with a smile because it seems like quite a good time. A little less chores, a brunch with the ladies, and a late show with the boys (Hot Chip!). But hey, I still have my eyes on you, 12 miles. Just not today.

Alrighty, off to shower.











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