I find of late that I am an ongoing conversation, debate if you will, about this concept of planning vs. unfolding.
I have always labored under the belief that in order to get anything done, to accomplish anything of value, you must carefully plan and dutifully apply yourself to following that plan.
But sometimes I wonder. There are those who don’t carefully plan, but instead choose to do what feels right in that moment and pursue opportunities as they appear. At first blush, it sounds lazy and unmotivated, but maybe I’ve been missing something.
Has this ever happened to you? You decide what you want, make a plan, take the actions – sometimes even clinging to the plan when the pursuit no longer interest you – and then find that when you get what you want, you don’t even like it or no longer want it. Maybe I’m the only one that has felt that. Maybe not planning is irresponsible, but not allowing things to unfold blinds us to other opportunities and keeps us from being in touch with our shifting needs and wants.
There’s a certain comfort and familiarity with planning and following, but it can also be dull, dreary, and mind-numbing in its repetitiveness. Sometimes I find I have a burning desire to let my life unfold, at least to a certain extent, instead of doggedly following the plan. It feels uncomfortable, yet enticing in a way.
It’s something for me to ponder a bit more, and perhaps you as well.