Many of us are used to setting goals, making plans and organizing our days in order to make things happen according to our wishes. The truth is, sometimes our best laid plans fall through. The business deal you’ve invested hours in making happen falls through; your client cancels at the last minute or your flight is delayed and you miss an important meeting. These situations can be frustrating, disappointing and sometimes even maddening. You can get angry and be depressed, or you can be open to the possibilities. The timing of things in life often humbles me. So often this kind of situation creates an opportunity that I hadn’t considered or anticipated. For example, because of the delayed flight and missed meeting, you meet someone at the airport who becomes an important business contact and leads you in a new direction. The client cancellation allows you extra time to perfect another project or it gives you time to take a walk, which leads to fresh insights and an innovative idea.
When we hold too tightly to how we believe our days and life should unfold, we miss the opportunities that present themselves. These unplanned experiences help to keep us on our toes and in the present moment, flexible enough to respond to what life has to offer us. So the next time your scheduled plans fall through, take a few cleansing breaths and center yourself. Then ask yourself, “How can I make the best of my situation?”