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The Best Laid Plans

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plancycle.gifMice, men, and bloggers seem to share a characteristic: we make plans that may or may not happen. I extend my apologies to my readers that I didn't have anything new up last Friday.

I spent last week recuperating from a severe neck strain that landed me in the ER for an evening and resulted in some pretty heavy medication for several days. I needed to meet some deadlines before the end of the week, so Friday morning came and went without a post. But as much as I wish I could do it all, I just can't, at least not all the time.

It occurred to me that that's true for all of us as individuals and institutions. Sometimes we just have to slow down, detour from, or hold off on plans that we've made in order to accommodate new circumstances. (I can imagine many of you thinking right now, "Well, duh, that's what the past six months have been about!") In some cases I can think of, varying from an original plan turned out to be the wisest and best idea for me personally and for some of the institutions I've worked with.

Now, I'm all for planning. It's what I do for a living after all. Planning leads to intentional outcomes, and that's a good thing. The best plans are the ones that can be firm enough to provide guidance and flexible enough to allow for change. Plans are by nature never complete, and never reflect reality absolutely. They are visions of a reality that you are trying to achieve. If you are dedicated to the planning goal, you will achieve the objective, but you may not get there in exactly the way you thought you might.

So, I ended up posting on Sunday night instead of Friday morning. Hey, this way you have something to read with your start-of-the-work-week coffee. See, things have a way of working out in the end.

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