ZenView- Plan or Not to Plan

By Mary Layton

To Plan or Not to Plan

To plan or not to plan, that is the question! I actually have learned not to plan too much these days. Things have changed back and forth quite a bit. Who knows whether whatever is happening this week may not change again in the next few weeks? So I find myself living more moment to moment – which actually feels really good and relaxing. After months of enduring so many closures and restrictions due to the Corona Virus we now are seeing many businesses reopening now. It’s a great feeling of life returning to normal. Hope seems to be on the horizon.

However, uncertainty still is lurking beneath the surface. Maybe much of life was always unpredictable and unknowable. But now it’s official, we have learned to be prepared for sudden changes. So many things are in flux, transforming, disappearing or being invented. We live in interesting times. I think that despite great losses we can still regain our balance. We now have had a rare chance to reflect on how we want to live, what our priorities are. We can redefine oneself, and start over, do things differently and better, we have become modern, having the option between zooming and person in person meetings.

Will there be sacrifices? Probably. We now have to consider and respect other people’ s sense of safety if we want to function as a group. It will take patience and the willingness to keep an open mind, to communicate and to trust and have faith that things will work out. Since it is still not very easy to make traveling plans the only thing I know I can plan is to spend more time in nature. To reach out to loved ones and old friends. To get involved in fun activities like art and music. I can learn something new. I can get a sense of belonging and purpose from being involved in the community and doing volunteer work.
I think in this new world we have to be mentally, as well as physically flexible, we must think out of the box and when we run into impasses find a new path, give the untried a shot, be creative.

There’s so much to learn nowadays. Being more conscious of the things we don’t know yet or have no answers for is humbling. Instead of making plans I find myself living more in present time. There is peace and strength in staying focused on the moment.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.