On a walk the other day, my oldest daughter turns and asks, “which way are we going, Papi?”
“I’m not sure,” I replied.
“But you’re the adult, you always know where we are going!” she stated with the passion of a fire-and-brimstone preacher.
Seeing an opportunity to expand her perspective, I replied, “I don’t always know where I’m going. Sometimes I prefer to leave myself open to the possibility of the moment. Not everything needs to be planned out.“
She looks at me unsure what to make of my response and goes back to walking.
A hard life lesson learned has been knowing when to plan and when to be open to the present moment and let life unfurl as it occurs.
If all we do is plan, we miss out on the present.
If all we seek is certainty then we are blind to possibility. The beauty that’s born from the mystery evades us