Sometimes the most powerful agenda is not to have an agenda. There’s even a pleasant name for it, serendipity.
Precise planning, specific purpose, clarity of intention will get you far. Yet when you’re always following a strictly prescribed course, there’s something missing.
Allow yourself time to be curious, to not know, to discover. Make some mistakes and false starts, secure and confident enough not to care about them.
Side roads, literal ones and the figurative ones too, inject new energy and freshness into life. Turn onto one of them, then another, roll the windows down, feel life from a new perspective.
It’s great to have a clear plan, yet that plan must originate somewhere. To know what you want to do, you must do what you don’t know.
Now and then, venture away from the structure you’ve built into your life. Make room for some serendipity, and give your spirit a chance to be renewed through discovery and surprise.
— Ralph Marston