Life’s Stories take planning

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Pizza in Rome – Let’s eat 🙂

I was reading in the travel section of the Globe & Mail a few days ago and the writer commented “Don’t plan life. Live it.”

This struck me because an outgoing friend of mine says the opposite ” You don’t plan to fail. You fail to plan!

I bumble ideas around in my head, and this one has finally slowed down for me to share.

First I remembered a trip I took with my family to Rome. I love memories like this and they are locked in my heart. But that trip took planning.  We didn’t just get up in the morning and show up at the airport saying – where do you get excellent gelato?

Now that trip involved planning, and passports, reservations, time off work, yada yada. It was planning that made the holiday and the memories happen.

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At the Coliseum with my wonderful family

But not the whole trip was planned. There were moments that each of us will recall that are especially meaningful, part of our stories we share to each other. Those moments are all unplanned, they are moments lived.

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Riding a bus in Rome with no roof! 

So what have I decided?   Yes, I do need to plan if I want to have a holiday, if I expect to do anything significant but once the day is launched, once the wheels leave the tarmac; then I need to let go and celebrate the wrong turns, the unexpected meal across from the Coliseum, the individual moments that fill the menu of our lives.



Bless you as you plan and live your stories.

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” – A.A. Milne


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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8 Responses to Life’s Stories take planning

  1. Lynn says:

    Having an overall plan when travel is very important, unless you have endless amounts of time to just explore. On the other hand, developing an itinerary that is so jam packed, takes away the opportunity to just find yourself in a place where you never want to leave. Sounds like you managed to find the perfect balance!

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  2. thefeatheredsleep says:

    I wanted to thank you for reading me. I am so grateful ♡ Are you on Facebook?

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  3. Deb says:

    Initial planning is definitely important,as you say. I took my first trip outside my country last year and it took loads of planning. Once I landed in Paris, I enjoyed some memorable unplanned events too.:-)


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