Weather…it’s Usually About Plan B

Sumi ink on watercolor paper

This week’s calligraphy prompt was ‘weather’. Anything to do with it was fine in any format. I do a lot of contemporary work so I wanted to go a little more traditional. I found a beautiful poem about sunshine and rain…then there was a very loud clap of thunder, it started violently raining and I was disgusted. The forecast was for sunshine for three days straight. Out loud, alone in my studio I said this phrase. I knew right then I had to chuck my idea and write the words that came out of my mouth. I say this phrase ALL the time, now I’ve even said it calligraphically.

Sometimes in life you have to be open to plan B. Things do not always work out they way you plan. You can either get mad about it, feel frustrated, quit or find another way to get things done. I hate to admit that I have done all of those things, usually regretting the times I quit.

Sometimes life is about managing the ‘shoulds’. I should do something more traditional and less contemporary because, well, I should. When in reality I ended up being more successful expressing what I was experiencing instead of trying to satisfy a ‘should’. I had to be open to plan B.

Life is about knowing what you can control and what you can’t, and not letting the things you cannot control get in your way. Mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, whatever the path you are traveling work hard to NOT let plan A prevent you from executing on a better, stronger, smarter plan B. It’s like the weather, it will always be there and out of your control. So do what you have to do, let go of the ‘shoulds’ then jump into a puddle or take a nap. Sometimes the best plan is plan B!

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