Life & Philosophy

Flexible Planning

The unexpected always happens. That’s just the way it is. But try as you will to prevent the future and you’ll inevitably create your own misfortune.

If you plan too much things become formulaic, closing the door on serendipity.

“Chance favors the connected mind.” – Steven Johnson

Do you sprint when you should walk? Do you prefer to loop around the racetrack or dance in uncertainty within the labyrinth? The former is boring; the latter is stressful with guarantees a memorable adventure.

How about something more practical: Do you stay inside when the forecasts predicts 30% chance of rain? Better off taking your chances.

Don’t wait. Don’t overthink it either.

See a plan in your mind’s eye and react as necessary, letting your plans flex as new situations become available.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.