Plan B

10 Nov
“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
Murphy’s Law

ducks *not* in a row

Some days it feels like Murphy’s Law is in full effect.

For example, last week I was returning home from a relaxing holiday.  I had specific plans to spend a leisurely evening getting my suitcase unpacked and writing my latest column.  Instead, I came home to a computer modem that had been struck by lightning in the recent storms as well as downed tree branches strewn about my yard.

Even in this age of great technological advancement, I had little choice as to fulfilling my original plans.  I began to focus on simply getting my internet service back up and running.  If nothing else, I could pull up one of my columns-in-progress and finish it properly to send out.  Alas, after several hours and tech calls, nothing could be done until a service technician could visit my home office, scheduled for the following afternoon.

This got me to thinking about how we cope with plans gone awry.  I suppose it’s funny now, but at the time, my plans went right out the window and I was left with the bargaining that occurs when you still have a goal but need to find a new way to meet it.  In this case, I found that it helps to do the opposite.  Instead of going into a panic, relax.  Instead of rushing forward, be still.  When you feel your shoulders getting higher and your breath growing shallow, let your shoulders fall and breathe deep.

There’s not much more inconvenient to our plans than illness but consider the scientific advancements of modern medicine.  We can feel a slight fever, see our physician and be prescribed medication to bring our body back into balance all in a single afternoon.  However, the American Indians used to rejoice over illness as a gift and opportunity to grow, heal and change.  In fact, medicine men known as Shaman would be on-hand during a tribe members illness so as to translate the spiritual messages from anxious dreams and visions beheld during deliriously high fevers.  Their focus was not to hurry the healing of an illness, only to allow the illness to run its natural course as a spiritual rite of passage.

So the questions remain, how do we “keep our eyes on the prize” without fixating on the exact method of reaching our goals?  How can we keep from overly worrying  about the end result?  How can we be more patient and allowing when our plans change?

Maybe Murphy’s Law is our grand opportunity to change our mind, to see our plans from a fresh new perspective.  Just think, the next time your plans go off course, life is offering you lessons in preparation, personal responsibility and follow-through.  A reminder that as much as we think we are in control, it is often an illusion.  This is our chance to trust the process.  It is a gift to ourselves to move in the direction of our hopes without ulterior motives and selfishness but with an open heart and the wonder of a child at what might happen next!

My sincerest apologies for the missing column last week.  Life had other plans.

11 Responses to “Plan B”

  1. Julia Guthrie November 10, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Brilliant timing Lynnivere! 🙂 Just what I needed to be reminded of…not to rush the process!!
    You are a GODDESS!!! xxxx


    • Lynn Van Noy November 10, 2010 at 10:34 am #

      Looks like the Universe thought it was time for me to be reminded too. =)

      You are so loved, Miss Julia! *squeeezes*


  2. SpiritualNurse November 10, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Or perhaps the universe decided you needed a wee bit more offline time. Good reminders! Especially the “dont panic” and “breathe” things, because panicking and breathing shallowly diminish our ability to solve problems 🙂

    spiritualnurse (sandy!)


    • Lynn Van Noy November 10, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      Exactly! It really is all about perspective. Letting go of specific ways & means sure does help.

      Blissings to Sansweetness


  3. Brianna November 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    *love* seeing Murphy’s Law as an opportunity to change and grow. Indeed. Every problem, then, becomes an opportunity in disguise.


    • Lynn Van Noy November 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

      Sometimes a learning curve turns into a learning right-angle. *love to Bri & bebes*


  4. Steve@Lifestyle Design November 13, 2010 at 9:06 am #


    There is something great to be said for both taking a little bit of time off and the power of mistakes.

    Ole’ Murphy may sometimes just a warning from the universe to slow down and take a breath…. or sent as a teaching lesson, since nothing in the world teaches better than mistakes


    • Lynn Van Noy November 13, 2010 at 9:40 am #

      Absolutely. As a teenager, a momentary distraction actually saved mine & my Momma’s life so I’m a big fan of, as you put it.. “a warning from the universe to slow down and take a breath.”

      You’re wise to already know the value of mistakes, Steve. *big nods*


  5. Willow Vokey November 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    As the others have said, perfect timing. Much needed gentle reminder in a whirlwind life! Thanks much! xoxo


    • Lynn Van Noy November 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      Funny how.. when it’s completely out of our hands, the Universe somehow aligns things so that we say “perfect timing.” Super cool. You’re so welcome. Glad you enjoyed! xoxo’s



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