I will admit that it was a challenge for me to “go with the flow” on that first day. And, each day I marveled at the idea of not “having to” do anything, at NOT having a checklist. Each day, I still said, “I can’t believe I don’t have anything I HAVE to do.” (I know there’s no one reading this who can relate, right?) I embraced that time as much as I possibly could. I also look forward to having that kind of time again. I will be taking a look at my calendar and finding a stretch of time for another round of “no plans.”
If you’re like me at all, and you find it challenging or even impossible to plan a “no plans” week, give it a try. It will feel very odd at first, but can also be very refreshing, if you let it. You might even start with a weekend. Likely, though, and I highly advise this – you will need to leave home. It’s too easy to fall back into your “checklist” mode.
Most of the time I know that what I am doing is what I am here to do, and I’m more than willing to do whatever it takes to keep doing it. Other times, I find myself so “busy” that I don’t give myself the time, space or opportunity to be still, be present and be open to whatever is before me or ahead on my path. That “no plans” time helped me see that I need to give myself those moments, hours and days every once in a while, and more often.
This quote I found by Susan Grigg Gilmore, says it so well: “It’s a funny thing, how much time we spend planning our lives. We so convince ourselves of what we want to do, that sometimes we don’t see what we’re meant to do.” How very true …