So I was sitting there, waiting for the train. When I looked up the times on the internet, I mistakenly wrote down the train going the other direction, instead of the one going in the direction I wanted to go to. So I got on the train going the other direction, seeing I didn’t have any big plans, just to head downtown and maybe find a new coffee shop to hang out in. Funny how that works. You plan something, and then based on mistake orÂ a whim, you can easily change your plans, that is if you can be flexible enough with your plans.
Some people make plans, but forget to dig deeper andÂ uncover exactlyÂ whyÂ you are making your plans. Some people plan to do things because they think it is what other people expect them to do.Â Others plan based on what they did yesterday. I thinkÂ It’s important to know the reasons for your plans, so if your plans don’t come through, you can alwaysÂ hold on to your reasons and putÂ them someplace else thatÂ can beÂ convenient.Â
For example, my plan today was to find a nice quiet place to hang out, do some reading, some journaling, and dig into myÂ thoughts to see if I can findÂ something interesting that I’d forgotten was up there.Â Or maybe have a look aroundÂ to maybeÂ do re arranging orÂ some general housekeeping type maintenance, which I’m sure you know is good to do from time to time.
But since I looked up the wrong time on the internet, I decided to catch the train going the other direction. I’d heard that there was a pretty decent shopping area that way, and since I’d never been there, I figured what the heck. I still had my backpack with my notebook, and pencils and pens to write with, so as long as I found a table that didn’t shake too much when I wrote, I’d be ok.
Turns out I was way more than OK.Â I found a really cool little cafe that just opened a few months ago. They had some really tasty bagel sandwiches, and a really friendly staff and some pleasant background music against which I could easily write and think and arrange thoughts intoÂ more resourceful patterns.
Now had I gone in the right direction, I would have gone to the same coffee shop I’d already been to.Â I probably would haveÂ sat at the same tableÂ and eaten the same thing. Instead, I wasÂ able to discover something new, which was really there all the time. So when you think about it, I doubled a lot of things today. Before, I could only go one direction, but since I can now choose a direction, I have twice as many places to go. AndÂ because the new place I went to today is filled with restaurants, I now have twice as many restaurants to choose from. And because I can catch trains going both directions, I can be more flexible when deciding what time I have to leave.
It’s amazing how much the world opens up when you simplyÂ allow yourself to make mistakes, so that the unknown can become familiar and friendly. Because there are a lot of places in the worldÂ you can discover, and make friends with as youÂ becomeÂ used to doing new things for the first time.Â And one of the coolest things about that is you get to meet lots of new people along the way.