Here is one of the dumbest and most insightful warnings ever uttered: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
The dumb part is believing that you have the ability to expect all of which you didn’t expect.
The profound part is that “Expect the Unexpected” is one of the few totally true things you will ever hear in this lifetime.
Contingency plans are certainly a way to prepare for the unexpected, but no plan that has ever been conceived covers all the contingencies.
What plan could have prevented the tragic reality that has come to the people of Haiti? You can’t prevent the unexpected because you didn’t expect it. You can only respond to the unexpected. Please give!*
The unexpected is “Reality” by a different name. People spend a lifetime attempting to control reality instead of doing the only thing they are capable of – responding to it.
The unexpected is the norm. It happens every day. There is no person who has ever lived who expected every reality, but every person has the ability to respond to that which they didn’t expect.
You cannot bend the unexpected to your whims no more than you can get sprayed water back into a hose.
What you can do is notice that you’re all wet and begin responding.
“If only” is a reaction; “Here’s what I’m going to do now” is a response.
I’m all for backup plans. They serve us quite well, but they can never equal the most powerful tool you have in your bag – Response!
*The American Red Cross, they always respond.
All the best,
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