“A life that hasn’t a definite plan is likely to become a driftwood,” according to David Sarnoff. Wikipedia said he was an American businessman who pioneered in American radio and television and was widely known as “The General”. Sarnoff law which stated that the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers is credited to him. Makes sense. Not my concern, though. The only reason I looked him up was to know something about the man behind that quote.
Do we really need a definite plan to live this life? I do not know. In the ancient past, I am all for planning ahead. I got myself a life insurance because I wanted to secure my folks should I die ahead of them. I plan for the lives of other people hoping that, by doing so, it will make my own smoother as well. When we started our small business, the goals were clear in my head what I will do with my money once it starts earning.
Do plans work the same way we pictured them in our heads? Again, I do not know. I was a stickler to plans and goals. I was the kind of person who wanted life in neat and orderly fashion. No complications. No troubles. And I thought and believed that planning is the key. Was I right? Hell, no!
Fate will give us lessons we need to learn regardless if we plan every second of every minute of every hour of every day. This life is a goddamn test and there is no escaping it. We just suck it up.
If there was one good thing I changed in my life, without regret, it was to follow the advice of my younger cousin, Rose. She is of opinion that my generosity and my attitude to always put family before myself is a big disservice to myself. She said that whatever I do, I cannot arrange anyone’s life and save a person each time from trouble — that I must learn to let go of control and let people deal with their own problems. She was right. I was and am no savior. My desire to free them from difficulty only made life and living difficult for me.
See? Planning is good. But no-planning is also good. And no, it will not make us a driftwood. We just have to learn how to surf life on a moment-to-moment basis. Worry only the things that need worrying today. Leave the rest for morrow.
Shams of Tabriz said: “Destiny doesn’t mean that your life has been strictly pre-determined. Therefore, to leave everything to fate and to not actively contribute to the music of the universe is a sign of utter ignorance. The music of the universe is all pervading and it is composed on 40 different levels. Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument, but how well to play is entirely in your hands.”
Simply put, in life, we only have to give anything we do and anyone we love our best shot. Pour our passion, pour our heart and soul — give it all the love that we are capable of. And then, let it be.
For my Day-20, I have here a shot of furniture that are made from driftwood. Yes. Even driftwood can be turned into something useful once found by the right hand.
Breathe. Chill. Let go. Trust the journey. Follow thine own heart for it will never lead you astray.
Come now and enjoy the fun in this challenge but be sure to read the do’s and don’t’s here https://virily.com/art/365-photo-contest-day-1/.