Often, during the week, I think of things I want to write about in this space. Then, when the time comes to sit and write, I’m blank. And I know…keep a notebook handy, jot the ideas down. Sometimes I do, but mostly not. This space (and much of my work) has become a reflection of right now, so that I find it hard to plan ahead. I read articles and see downloadable schedules for mapping out blog posts. It just doesn’t seem to work for me. While there are certain pieces I can write ahead of time, mostly what I want to share here comes from whatever I’m doing or feeling or thinking now (or at least close to now).
It’s hard to plan now.
I find some comfort in that…in not being able to plan now. So why try? Why force it? This isn’t to say we can’t prepare for things and set ourselves up for success (I use that term loosely). It isn’t to say we shouldn’t pack thoughtfully for a trip or map things out in a planner or keep an eye on the weather forecast. Of course, planning has its place. I, personally, love when things are mapped out and predictable.
Yet there is freedom in relinquishing a tight hold. There is peace in releasing expectations for how we want everything (and everyone) to be. We cannot stay on top of every little thing; we cannot control every little thing (anything)….and, really, that’s exhausting. Though we can be responsible and prepared, at a certain point, things will be as they will be.
Jumping from planning blog posts (or not planning, as the case may be) to not trying to control all facets of life is a pretty big leap. But I trust that you’ll take my point. There are times for planning and structuring. And there are times (so many times) for going with the flow and simply being.
I don’t have answers to many of the questions flitting through my head. But I do know one answer (if you can call it that), for me, is to take responsibility for tasks I know need doing (be it writing an e-course or scrubbing the toilet or making mac-n-cheese yet again) as well as to step back (or to the side) from time to time. It’s okay to let life happen. Do what needs doing. I’m not suggesting you shirk responsibilities. But after your work is done (whatever that work may be), take your foot off the gas pedal. Coast a little. Breathe, deeply and slowly.
It’s hard to plan now. And you know what? It’s not really necessary. What is necessary is living your now. Being in it while it’s happening. Easier said than done, I know. But possible. Doable.
So do the doable. Do your now. Right now.
Sending a little love your way, m
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8 thoughts on “You Can’t Plan ‘Now’…But You Can Do It”
The busier I get, the better I am at pruning away stuff that is unnecessary and focusing on what is much needed for me to function. The juggling and the balancing is crazy but a good crazy. Whenever I get a wee bit done no matter how small I’m one happy camper :)
It sounds like you’ve got it worked out for yourself! That’s awesome. xo
Hi, Michelle, I’m still here, still reading your posts. Yes, letting go sometimes, being in the now, not being the one who knows where everything is in the household. All part of a larger practice. Thank you!
Definitely part of a larger practice.
And I’m so glad you’re still here. xo
I am becoming a list-maker as I forget to do the things I’m supposed to when flowing along in the now!
Lists are so helpful, yes?! They definitely give us space so that we can more fully flow along…
Beautiful blog post! I feel like printing it and keeping it inside a nice envelop somewhere easy to reach (as a lovely note from you).
Thank you, Gi. That’s lovely for me to hear. I hope you do just that! xo