When a plan does not work out

I had it all worked out. The day meticulously planned into my outlook calendar and beautifully colour coded and then LIFE HAPPENED!

2/3 of my networking follow ups fell through, the time I had planned to do the second part of my fitness challenge was plagued by interruptions, I will now be doing the 20 burpees for my 30 day challenge later this evening, and I felt myself getting frustrated as my original plan to switch off my laptop at 17:00 is looking unlikely.

This is a short term, fairly painless, interruption to my day and, not much to worry about but in these turbulent times many are facing huge disruption to their life plans.

It made me think about how we begin to recognise that frustration, take a step back and re-evaluate.

Giving ourselves the time and leisure to do this is an essential contribution to our health and wellbeing and it can present us with opportunities that may never have occurred to us a part of our tightly scheduled well organised days.

In my newly presented time slots I picked up the phone and made 3 successful appointments out of 6 calls, a task that I had originally planned for next week. RESULT!

I would invite you to contemplate the word of William Henry Davies and make some time just for yourself.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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