From The Storyteller
Hello All: This week's story identifies something we all have to deal with. Enjoy, Doug.
“We’re going to have a meteor shower tonight, that means it’s will be cloudy’’, me to Elaine as we joked about how “clouds” can cause things to turn out differently then planned. There was the time we planned to do stargazing at the McDonald Observatory in deep, dry, west Texas, and the “cloud” that day was a rainy sky.
A big part of our midsummer vacation plan at Isle Royale National Park, located in the middle of Lake Superior, was to view the Milky Way. At 11:30 p.m. we admitted defeat and went to bed. The “cloud” that disrupted the plan was me forgetting the sky, in the summer that far North, never gets totally dark.
Another memorable “cloud” disrupted our plans to sail in a regatta from Corpus Christi, Texas to Veracruz, Mexico. That “cloud” arose after Elaine and I had spent 6 months preparing for the sail. The week before we were to leave the “cloud” came in as a call from a daughter announcing she was planning her wedding during the time we would be gone.
When faced with “clouds” of unanticipated speed bumps, I quickly began looking for way to adapt and modify our original plans to smooth out those bumps, because I’ve found by doing so very real, unexpected pleasures can happen. Examples - Me smiling as I walk down the aisle with my beautiful daughter in her wedding dress. Me smiling as I ate a hamburger with a cold drink after hiking an awesome trail on that island in Lake Superior, and me smiling as I sat reading a great book, while sipping that perfect cup of coffee, during an unusual cool rain event in the West Texas.
Planning is good, and flexibility can make it even better.
Moral: Plans and “clouds” can make for great adventures.
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