Gratitude Sunday: Of Mice And Men

Gratitude * Sunday

Quote of the Week – “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Stephen Hawking

Sunday Haiku
Light through tree branches
waving, undulating, wild,
scattered refractions.

Sunday Musings
It’s such a human thing to make plans. To have a goal. Perhaps wanting to see the plan through even when all other indicators might lead one to think maybe the plan needs changing. Robbie Burns knew a thing or two when he said the best laid plans of mice or men often go awry.

I don’t know if Robbie knew about monkey wrenches, or spanners, or sabots, or wet blankets. He was as human as any of us so I suspect he had his own moments or he would not have spoken so poetically about change. As we know, as hard as we work against it or try to deny it, change is the only constant.

Some plans and changes are in our control. Others are not. That’s another human thing: wanting to be in control. If I exercise and eat right, my body will be slender, strong, and toned. If I follow this educational path, I am assured success. If I take this well-paying job, I can take care of myself financially. If I buy this business, I get to be the boss and people will do as I say.

Yet, none of the above is true, in the strictest sense of truth. Plans and goals might work out or they might not. Yes, we can eat well and exercise, but the body does its own thing and can betray us at any moment. Yes, we can plot an educational line and achieve success in academia, but that does not ensure success in the work world. Yes, we can take that well paying job, only to have the business fold and leave us without an income. Yes, we can buy a business and be the boss but that doesn’t mean our employees will be clones of us and perform exactly as we want them to.

I’ve heard the advice “make a plan, then work the plan” is the formula for success. This hasn’t always worked for me. I’m not the best planner or goal setter or traveler. I have both tendencies, I over-plan and under-plan at the same time. I go with the flow and yet consistently swim upstream. And if plans go awry they aren’t carved in stone or set in gold. Plans can change. Often that’s the part of the journey we are likely to forget. Change is the only constant.

Needless to say, I had made a plan, it was a good plan, and things went awry. I was packed and ready to go, but my body had different ideas. Plan changes had to include a cancellation, a visit to the doctor and the pharmacy, a visit to my counselor, and a new plan.

Because that’s what we do when plans go awry. We make a new plan. Sometimes those new plans can happen daily or even minute by minute. We must be like trees, resilient, flexible enough to sway with the wind and hopefully not break from the force of the gale.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – I found a pot full of color and had to take shots of different views trying to capture all the textures and shades of green. A fat pink dahlia.

Photo by Sherri Mead

White and golden spear held in place with gossamer web and glistening rain drops.

Photo by Sherri Mead

Rosy golden globe of ripe pear.

Photo by Sherri Mead

Love the pink and white blossoms of this unknown shrub.

Photo by Sherri Mead

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} Sometimes, when one is feeling down, watching others who are more aberrant or have more challenges than oneself helps one to feel slightly better about one’s own challenges. Sid and Nancy (1986, rated R) is a biopic about Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, a British punk rock band, and his American groupie girlfriend Nancy Spungen, both people who were mired in the body, in sex, in drugs, in mental health crises, in all manner of risky and addictive behavior. * Pride (2014, rated R), about the 1984 coal miners’ strike in the U.K. and the gay and lesbian group who fund-raise money for the miners to live on. After some initial difficulties these two disparate groups find common ground. As it should be. * Bingeing season 9 of Shameless (2011 – , rated TV – MA), a series that shows family dysfunction baldly, an oddly comforting feeling to know my life is not as on the edge as this fictional presentation.

Currently ReadingThe Most Fun We Ever Had (2018, fiction) by Claire Lombardo. Family secrets run deep. Occasionally the author is a bit hard to follow with so many characters intertwined. * Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness (2009, crows) by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Have you watched a crow today? Or any wild life beyond human? It’s right outside your door. So much to see and hear when you step outside.

This week I have been grateful for:

  • Being able to get in right away to see the doctor once I made the decision I needed to consult a professional.
  • How willing my doctor is to work with me as the owner of my own body.
  • My counselor being able to give me an “emergency” appointment.
  • How fun it is to type the word “appointment”. It’s the little things.
  • My own personal modicum of health.
  • The light, the angle of late summer light coming through the windows and the shadows on the walls and table.
  • Safety behind closed doors.
  • The natural world beyond my door.
  • The son getting a good surprise from the IRS.
  • The son getting a job after more than a year and countless applications.
  • Having a decent simple roof over my head when it is raining.
  • Fat juicy peaches.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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