How many times have you heard that you should plan where you want to be in 5-10 years? Because if you don’t plan, you won’t get there.
All my career I’ve heard this and always found this difficult to plan that far out. Oh, yes, I could say I want to write a book this year or get so many speaking engagements…but FIVE or TEN years?? That seemed impossible to me because life somehow would always get in the way of things – and change my plans.
That never really bothered me because most of the time life changed my plans for better.
Now that I’m on the AARP list, I’m continuing to even more messages about planning – planning for retirement. Companies want me to figure out when I will retire, figure out how much money I need for my retirement lifestyle, etc.
All these planning messages caused me much stress until I read Shauna Niequist’s book, Cold Tangerines” and her story titled, “Pencil.” In it she tells how so many times her plans got changed because of things completely out of her hands and that now she plans her life in “pencil, instead of Sharpie or stone.”
So, no more stress. I’m going to start planning my life in pencil and being open to using my eraser when things don’t always go as planned. Ahh….