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Let Life Unfold April 7, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Fellow sojourners encourage us to map out our lives so they know what to expect from us.

Even the best map in the world won’t make life predictable.

Those hit by the proverbial bus  seldom see it coming.

Let life unfold.

Aah . . . that’s better!                    

Artwork: Barbara Hines ~ Island Gallery West


1. Lisa Wields Words - April 7, 2013

An unmapped life is much more interesting.

nrhatch - April 7, 2013

Yup. When I went to law school, I intended to practice for 35-40 years. I lasted 13 before I’d had enough. In contrast, a 65-year-old classmate attended to “further his love of learning” . . . he ended up practicing law for 25 years.

Life is more about the twists and turns than the straight-a-ways.

2. Andra Watkins - April 7, 2013

Map? There’s a map?

nrhatch - April 7, 2013

Sure! We use ours as a dartboard! 😛

3. Grannymar - April 7, 2013

I wonder how long it will be before we need to map out our lives on a GPS?

nrhatch - April 7, 2013

With chips implanted in our brains. ACK! 😯

Grannymar - April 7, 2013

ACK again!

4. SidevieW - April 7, 2013

there is a map, you draw it as you pass through

nrhatch - April 7, 2013

Hindsight is 20/20. :mrgreen:

5. sufilight - April 7, 2013

I have found that no matter what plans we make,life can lead us to unexpected and surprising places. I never imagined that being your typical city girl, I would be living in a semi-rural town. 😀

nrhatch - April 7, 2013

Yes! I have experienced much in life that I never anticipated. All the twists and turns would have been impossible to map out in advance.

6. Patricia - April 7, 2013

I am one who has never had a plan. And here I am…happy. Go figure.

nrhatch - April 7, 2013

When we get too tied up in our plans, we miss some lovely detours. Here’s to happy!

7. aawwa - April 7, 2013

Going with the flow is magic when I manage to achieve it – I forget to let go sometimes 🙂

nrhatch - April 7, 2013

I like to have a general “game plan” for the day . . . one that can be modified as needed. But I have stopped trying to map out 5, 10, and 15 years down the road. My headlights aren’t bright enough to see so far.

8. souldipper - April 7, 2013

For sure! It’s scary to let go and let it unfold, but what a great gift of freedom. Yep…may as well not watch for those buses. Hope if one hits me I hold on tight and go for a ride.

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Every time I’ve been “broadsided” or “sideswiped,” it’s been from an unexpected quarter. Going with the flow is easier than struggling against the current.

9. ericjbaker - April 8, 2013

Maps are meaningless to a free spirit like me. Now, schedules on the other hand. I like those. Days planned in 15 minute increments. Anything more than that would be a bit anal, don’t you think?

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Ah, the life of a Free Spirit . . . living life in 15-minute blocks. :mrgreen:

As an attorney, I had to “chart my progress” (i.e., bill my time) in 6 minute increments.

ericjbaker - April 8, 2013

Now that’s the way to get workflow moving. Stop every 5.5 minutes to write down what you just did.

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Sometimes I could work a full 0.3 hours without pausing to record my progress. 😛

10. diannegray - April 8, 2013

I think a life map is a bit like a GPS – if you depend on it, you’ll just end up going over a cliff! 😀

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Yes! I think that’s exactly what happens. Either that, or we run into a brick wall and stub our nose. 😉

diannegray - April 8, 2013

I used a GPS when I came up through the centre of Australia (with the dogs in the car) after Christmas. It hated me and kept taking me on the ‘quickest route’ which usually meant ‘no road’! LOL 😀

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

That’s so FUNNY . . . I expect the “quickest route” from Ireland to England is straight over the cliffs.

11. jannatwrites - April 8, 2013

Mapping for general direction is fine…but we shouldn’t miss the side roads and excursions – that’s the fun part!

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Exactly. The best road trips boast a general destination, no set timetable, and lots of time to explore and enjoy the journey from HERE to THERE. 😀

12. shreejacob - April 8, 2013

So strange. I am doing a oracle deck class based on the deck and book called The Map. It’s not so much a map charted out to get to a place but more a map to recognize where we are / were at different times in our lives and how each magical place has it’s lessons to teach us! It’s a magical map and we are it’s magic map makers 😀

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Sounds like an interesting class, Shree. Will you be posting on the particulars?

13. adeeyoyo - April 8, 2013

A planned life is very hard to follow…

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Most of my plans have gone up in a *poof* of smoke.

14. Pix Under the Oaks - April 8, 2013

I do much better on spur of the moment!

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

I prefer to fit the activity to the day rather than vice versa ~ that way we’re not trying to picnic in the middle of a rainstorm. 😀

15. bluebee - April 8, 2013

Someone i love very much has spent most of their adult life involved in a religion that encourages one to spend their whole life preparing for the world to end – I lament a life wasted, not lived.

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

Wow! That is NOT a congregation I want to belong to . . . what a waste.

16. bluebee - April 8, 2013

Sorry, “I do not” does not belong in my previous comment – ipad gremlins!

nrhatch - April 8, 2013

All fixed. Gremlins are TRICKY RABBITS. :mrgreen:

17. Three Well Beings - April 9, 2013

I smiled just reading this. I like the reminders…I come from a family with stifling structure to the day! Very productive people, yes, but they would qualify if there is ever a reality show called “Extreme Planning.” It’s in my DNA and I have spent decades breathing deeply and walking away from that thinking…but it creeps up and still surprises me. SO I just LOVE your reminders. I think about them a lot…thank you for this one. 🙂

nrhatch - April 9, 2013

Yes! That would be a GREAT reality show . . . Extreme Planning. Contestants could plan EVERYTHING out in extreme and precise detail and then watch as the rug is pulled out from under their plans ~ pouring down rain on the picnic, car troubles in the midst of the road trip, etc. 😉

Like you, I grew up with the Planning DNA front and center (right next to the “postponing gratification” and “never eat dessert first” DNA). Over time, I’ve learned to promote the “fly by the seat of your pants” as well as the “just leap and the net will appear” DNA.

Life is such a crap shoot . . . we must roll the dice if we want to enjoy the journey.

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