“Planning is helpful. If you don’t know what you want, you’ll seldom get it. But, no matter how well you plan, you will fare better if you expect the unexpected. The unexpected, by nature, comes unseen, unthought, unenvisioned. All you can do is plan to go unplanned, prepare to be unprepared, make going with the flow part of your agenda, for the most successful among us envision, plan, and prepare, but cast all aside as needed, while those who are unable to go with the flow often suffer, if they survive.”
David W. Jones
What is going with the flow? – It is taking the knocks. It is accepting change without getting angry or frustrated. It is taking what life gives you, rather than trying to control life to be exactly as you want it to be.
Being rigid in our beliefs and inflexible in our attitudes means we are unable to flow with life. If we do not bend, we are more likely to break. The best way to not only survive but thrive regardless of the changes and challenges life brings is to develop an ability to flow with the tide.
This does not mean that you have to allow yourself to be swept in directions that are not in line with your goals and desires. Going with the flow does not mean giving up, giving in, or being swept along to places you do not want to go. Do not ‘over-control’.
Stay loose enough from the flow that you can observe it, modify, and improve it. Every turn of the tide offers us opportunities for learning, growth, and adventure, so go with the flow and enjoy. And you end up exactly where you belong.
‘As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit’.