I was booked to be somewhere else today; early start, dry subject.
I really didn’t want to go.
I’ll work here instead, on other things.
Maybe I’ve simply evicted one of those intervening things.
Maybe I’ve re-taken control of my emotional centre.
I’m not certain, but it feels that way.
Productivity – here, now, seems heightened.
Some of that is physical change – new location, better light, more space, better organized office, more comfortable surroundings.
John Lennon is often attributed with (as are many other folk): “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”
It is that, no less, no more.
Taking a chance.
Same as taking a risk, is it not?
Risk, chance, opportunity – their synonyms confuse.
Too easily convincing ourselves we’ve had our best successes, run out of whatever it takes, or we are following wrong opportunity trails …
A few months ago I realized some of my best work ever, was way too long ago.
That re-started, perhaps kick-started my focus.
Some good things started happening.
They might have anyway. Challenges weren’t easier, just more apparent.
Events always intervene. People do. Which brings about change in original plans, which gives rise to new plans.
Good thing . . .
Many things will show up to alter today, redirect focus and alter my viewpoint.
Events, intervening – making plans, making other plans – everything is the same, everything is different, so it seems some days but I know that’s not it.
Surroundings, activities, places to go and people to meet matter so little.
I’m different, I’ve changed.
I WAS making other plans …
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 8C / 46F, light breeze, a few clouds – Gusta wanted to chase squirrels, and I just wanted her to stay out of the muck; we found a new route that could prove interesting to explore another day when we have more time …
LOL I have been in this conversation so many times with my retired colleagues.. When working, I used to arrive at work at 6am, by 9 I did a full days work. My official hours were from 8-4. One supervisor wouldn't budge so for a gov't worker they got an extra 2 hours out of me without payment. Prior to retirement, new boss who allowed me to be flexible, as long as I was. So, I did 6-2. Note lunch and break at desk. I liked that...I got more work done without the office noises and interruptions....So now, in retirement, still up at 5 and ready to go. Habits are hard to break, NL, Lanark, ON
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