I read a lot and see many videos today about planning one’s life. And daily, I am inundated with offers from Business and Life “Mentors,” who promise to teach me how to “achieve more” and become “financially independent.” Everyone emphasizes setting goals and having a ten-year plan. Some others say we must “visualize” our future in order to make it happen as we desire. And all of these claims are supported by research and statistics. – However, real Life is not like that.
Many have heard this verse from a poem by Robert Burns, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And leave us nothing but grief and pain, instead of promised joy.” It is a universal truth that extends to every form of life, from mice to men. No matter how deeply we dream, the passion of our desire, or how well we prepare, external forces and unforeseen circumstances too often thwart our efforts and lead us down other paths, unexpected, and ones for which we are unprepared. – This is the experience of most people who have lived, I believe.
What has been your experience?