I’m someone who has always had intentions and usually an overall plan. My biography is that of a person for whom life sometimes went exactly according to plan, sometimes provided a variation on the plan, and fairly often delivered paths and outcomes so far distant from the plan that they took my breath away.
Two educated guesses: 1. I’m not the only one to have these experiences; and 2. given the state of the world and our economy people after 50 will at best be able to formulate short term plans and need to make agile course adjustments throughout the foreseeable future.
This will apply to work, geography, accustomed friendships, ways of communicating, use of technologies, established core relationships, and hopes and dreams.
Therefore, my favorite poem in the past remains my favorite poem today: Adrienne Rich’s Delta.
If you have taken this rubble for my past
raking through it for fragments you could sell
know that I long ago moved on
deeper into the heart of the matter
If you think you can grasp me, think again;
my story flows in more than one direction
a delta springing from the river bed
with its five fingers spread.
This, of course, is my hypothesis with Ms. Rich’s skillful and inspiring assistance. To test it, I recommend that you do as I did.
Look in the mirror, stare deep into your own eyes, as “How far out can I plan with absolute certainty?” and listen carefully for the answer.
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Talk to you soon, George