When Things Don’t Go As Planned…

When things don’t go as planned…
You take a deep breath (or a few a deep breaths)

When things don’t go as planned…
You step aside,
Take a walk,
Have a bit of a cry if you need to.

When things don’t go as planned…
You keep moving,
Keep pressing on.
Take the next step.
One first.
Then another.

When things don’t go as planned…
You pray.
Even if you’re at the point where
You have nothing left to say.

When things don’t go as planned…
You surrender.
But surrender is different than giving up.
It’s letting go
So when things don’t go as planned,
You let go.

When things don’t go as planned…
It’s OK to ask for help.

When things don’t go as planned…
You think of a plan B
And sometimes a plan C
And sometimes a plan D…
But you do.
You do Something
Else.

When things don’t go as planned…
You start over.

When things don’t go as planned…
You lean into creativity.
And write poetry.
It doesn’t have to be happy.
But it should try to be hopeful.
Because there is always a hope.
For tomorrow,
For next time.

When things don’t go as planned…
We can try to laugh about it.
If not now,
Maybe later.
Maybe eventually.

Look at the Light.
Cling to what we know.
Hold on.
It’s not all gone.
It’s not over.

Our plans are merely our plans.
And since we don’t control the uncontrollable,
When things don’t go as planned..
We open our hands.

And maybe we grab a pen.
And write on napkins.

-Lauren Warren
TLC Community Blog