We are big on preparation: Shopping and planning before a big party, looking ahead for the day, the week or even the month for special occasions, events or happenings in our lives or the lives of those we love, arriving to work early, etc. Others may be more spontaneous: Ordering out at the last minute for that big party or get-together based on what others like, playing their days, weeks or even months by ear, getting to work in the nick of time but maybe staying late instead to catch up on things. Neither way is right or wrong, just different.
For those of you out there who are planners like us, when unpredictable events occur in our lives they can be jostling to our psyches. For as much as all our “best laid plans” are formulated, a healthy dose of spontaneity along with the ability to be flexible is necessary. If we remind ourselves to not get too caught up in the future and at the same time remember our mindfulness practice (focus on the present), moments of unpredictability hopefully won’t be too jarring in our lives.
None of us knows what the future holds with 100% certainty. Amidst all the plans you might make (or not make!) for the upcoming summer months, plan on change occurring within those times. The best way to prepare for all the good happenings in your life is to remember to expect the unexpected and stay aware in the present moment.