I’m actually paraphrasing Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles who was actually spoofing a line from Bogart’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. There have been a few other variations on the line, but this one will suffice.
When I began blogging, I said to myself, I need to write a few blogs and have them available for when things get crazy. But then I found that my writer’s muse preferred to write, as I call it: organically, and go with the flow of the week.
This worked well until this past week when all hell broke loose. In a good way!
Hmm, that might be an apt phrase since it was really Halloween that broke loose and started the ball rolling – that holiday has been described as a little hellish!
Remember that Black Cat? I was thinking of maybe writing a blog about cat adventures, but discarded that idea. By that time I was behind on my schedule.
OK, I’ll blame Halloween.
And then there was my desire to accomplish too many things in three days without factoring in time to eat lunch on Monday. I admit, my number one Strengthsfinder talent is Achiever. That was OK, I could last until dinner, and the satisfaction of so much done was too sweet.
Except for the blog.
This was the first week in months that I had a writer’s block. But hey, I’m a writer; I’m allowed, right?
There were so many opportunities flowing, I thought of writing about how it seemed that once one door opens, the Universe starts opening everything else.
It reminds me of the time my faucet got stuck and wouldn’t turn off, and the shut off valve below jammed and uh oh, God please unstick the faucet!
A colleague of mine wrote a blog today about keeping one’s destination in mind. It was a great blog, and a good reminder. To remember the goal, but also plan for the unexpected. Like all the “unplanned for” opportunities that popped up this week for me!
I’m not complaining about unexpected opportunity by any means, but here are the lessons to remember:
- Build in that buffer time for the unexpected.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Have backups.
The Universe is flowing and who knows what is next?
As for me, I’m going to make a point to have some backup blogs, because yes, in life, we always need stinking backups!