Municipal Existence:

Striving For Rather Than Intending To Live

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” – Allen Saunders

The best laid plans will always be challenged by the unexpected upsets of life. It’s important to be proactive, to have intentions or goals that you’re working towards. This is how forward progress in life is typically realized. However, many of the largest opportunities or joyful experiences in life arise spontaneously. Be careful not to be so fixated on your ambitions that you lose sight of the life you’re actually living right now. Have enough presence of mind to be open to and grateful for any gift that comes your way, even if it doesn’t fit into your presupposed plans.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

Sometimes the path we intended to pursue in life ends up leading us in an entirely different direction than expected, thus creating a completely alternative outcome to that which we had sought initially. If this outcome is destructive or truly undesirable to one’s being, it should be rejected and rectified. However, be open to the reality that many unexpected destinations harbor immense potential. You may find that you’ve ended up somewhere more conducive to your happiness or growth than you previously thought possible. Don’t become blind to the spontaneous good fortunes in life; detours or happenings such as these should be embraced.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Spontaneous and unexpected occurrences in life are what make the journey so exciting. Yet, one cannot exclusively exist and hope that positive outcomes arise. This is a recipe for dissatisfaction and sorrow. Instead, you must work to think and act according to your values, always striving to live the life you desire. You cannot wait for external forces to impart prosperity. Instead, you must at all times endeavor to make your reality prosperous.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are the master of your own perspective, and as such, you alone are in charge of what you think, feel or do. Following the positive examples that others provide can be helpful, but in the end you must decide who you’re going to be and what you’re going to do. Be true to yourself, forge a path through life unique unto you that represents your own values and desires rather than the whims of those around you. Always be open to the wisdom of other people, but make it your own.