The Best Laid Plans

Plans gang aft agley, but it’s hard not to feel silly after one has posted one’s plans online, and then have those plans come to naught. All these months, I’ve been talking about the big road-camping-hiking-backpacking trip I’ve planned for May, and then zap! I caught a cold. A bad one.

I haven’t accomplished much of anything the past week— the book remains unfinished, the trip preparations have come to a halt, and trail foods never got fixed. (I haven’t even been blogging — didn’t want you to catch my cold.)

I still hope to be well enough to leave Wednesday as planned, but I even if I have stopped coughing by then, I might be too weak. If I left a few days later, driving mostly straight through and staying at motels instead of campgrounds, I’d still be able to visit the people I’d planned to visit (keeping my fingers crossed!) but I would have to forego some of the sights I wanted to see and the activities I’d hoped to experience.

But you never know. Everything could go as planned. And if not, well, I still have my trip book — the binder I’ve filled with maps and directions and descriptions of parks and places along the way — so I can take the trip another time.

It’s interesting (to me, anyway), the difference in my thinking when I am feeling well and when I am not. When I am well, I feel as if I can work toward impossible dreams and maybe even accomplish them. When I am weakened by illness (or by coughing fits), I feel as if even the possible would be impossible.

But thinking doesn’t change reality, even though people say it does. If you don’t think you can do something, you can still try to prove yourself wrong and end up accomplishing what you think you could not do. If you think you can do something, you can rely too much on the belief and do nothing to make it happen, you can fail to accomplish what you thought you could.

Whatever happens next week — and next month — I’ll continue working toward the goal of an eventual epic backpacking trip. That doesn’t necessarily mean I will take the trip because as we all know, plans don’t mean a whole lot if things change and you can’t implement them, but still, it’s the work that counts.

For now, I need to work on getting better.

Hope you all are doing okay.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels UnfinishedMadame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Light BringerMore Deaths Than OneA Spark of Heavenly Fireand Daughter Am IBertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

15 Responses to “The Best Laid Plans”

  1. Aggie Tracy Says:

    Feel better Pat😀❤️

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Feel better, Pat. Drink plenty of tea and get plenty of sleep, if you can.

  3. Charlotte M. Liebel Says:

    Hello Pat,

    Never mind the trip for now, traveler, get well. We will survive! Your wishes will come true. In due time. 😉

    Charlotte M. Liebel

  4. Wanda Hughes Says:

    Sorry you’re feeling poorly. Bill just got sick a week ago with the flu but he’s finally perking up a bit. Just get well. You’re room is ready whenever you get here. Just holler when you’re on your way. Hugs and good health.

  5. pamkirst2014 Says:

    Love the humor you weave in, even with frustrating news!

  6. Kathy Says:

    Plans change all the time – that’s how we know what to do sometimes. Get well!

  7. mickeyhoffman Says:

    Ugh. I guess if you’re still not feeling well when you come through here we could commiserate except, well…I really don’t want your germs 🙂

  8. SheilaDeeth Says:

    I’m so sorry the germs caught you, and so glad you will work on getting better. Take care and I’ll hope to see you soon.

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