These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday musings ....

Disappointment, without anger, is the mark of an old soul.

Not being disappointed is the mark of a really old soul.

And trusting life so thoroughly that every step on its path is valued more than where it was supposed to take you, is the mark of eternal youth.

~ Mike Dooley


I've become pretty good about the first line.

I'm certainly not at the level of the second line.

But I usually do pretty well with that last one. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember that where I planned to go and where I am actually going are different and it might be OK. But I usually do remember it. Eventually.

Last night I read this in a book: "My mom ... once told me you never knew when life would deal you an unplanned twist of fate. Enjoy things while you can, she said, because you just never knew."

I think that is more or less how I deal with the changes of plans in my journey. Not that it is always easy, but I try to make the best of situations, to enjoy the moment as well as I can, to mentally "photograph" the memories to enjoy later. That doesn't necessarily mean I deal well with the hiccups while the hiccups are convulsing my life. But it gives me something to hang onto during the hard times.

How do you do in dealing with the variances in your plans and the reality of the bigger picture?


  1. Loved you quotes. I am working on all three of the lines in the first. I especially love the wisdom of enjoying the moment, enjoying things while we can, because you never know when life will take you on an unexpected path.

    How am I dealing with the variances? Well that could be a topic for an entire book. I will do some thinking on that and get back to you. :)

  2. I just stopped making plans which is either very zen or very dysfunctional depending on who you ask.

    I read from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Follow the TAO and you will be at peace with whatever happens.

  3. PS...on a more practical note, I tend to give myself a few days or hours or whatever amount of time I need to be in shock, then I switch into planning mode and focus on making the change happen. I have at times not really processed the change emotionally while it was happening and ended up getting upest many months or years later.

  4. Well I spin around in a circle three times really fast while screaming "Why ME?" "WHY ME?"!!!!

    Just joking. Most of the time I deal with disappointments pretty well, after all I'm so used to them!! Usually I get up and clean. Yea you heard me right. I clean. It gets my mind off of my troubles. Mindless tasks.
    The reality of the bigger picture is what keeps me going. Change is the only constant in life. Once I set my mind on that I am good to go!
    Do you have plans for Christmas Lyn?
    Friend's or family?
    Love Di ♥

  5. Di, I'm having some friends in for a day of games, fellowship and food! Casual stuff. I'm fixing a big pot of chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles. Yummmmmmm.

  6. I try not to expect much to work out my way. But mostly I just keep my plans within possible parameters.


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