From the desk of Teresa Jordan, Executive Director – One of our past board presidents said, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans,” so often that I had no idea that it was not her original quote. I accepted this wisdom from Shirley as part of her much-appreciated knowledge, coaching and if am honest, wild-ride kind of life experience.
What Shirley was trying to teach me was that I could mill around in my own mind and create all of the plans, dreams, goals and contingencies that I wanted, but in the end –
stuff happens. So here we are in 2020, the year of epic stuff happening that we were not expecting, and I am reviewing my plans.
I am reflecting on goals that I made last September for the year. I did not include any suggestion that PPEs, infection control, isolation, quarantine, or any other pandemic related action would eclipse all.
This pandemic happened despite my clever, spiral-bound operational plan. And while this virus a huge lifetime event, a lot of things have derailed my otherwise super sweet plans as I have journeyed through life. Some were better, some sadder, some joyfully
unexpected and others just all together different for which I did not plan.
So, I guess what we have to remember is that while we are good planners with our magical brains able to think abstractly about everything that might happen there will always be the unexpected – the mudslides, the worldwide pandemics, the uncharted or mapped experiences.
All of this adds up to Shirley’s kind of “wild ride” memories – the stuff of this radiant and spectacularly surprising life.