That’s a tall order. Finding the answer for what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you want. Who wants to turn to Plan B? For some of us, Plan B isn’t even an option (like for Meryl Streep in Devil Wears Prada).
For most of us “regular” folk though, we often have to come up with Plan B, C and even D sometimes. I know my Plan A that I wrote down in high school about when I would graduate, get married, have kids, etc. didn’t even come close to hitting the mark. Anyone else have that same experience? I guess it’s worse for those of us who like to plan (me) because we actually feel like we have a sense of control over the outcome of our lives. It’s really all an illusion, but sometimes we forget that.
I recently read Pete Wilson’s new book, Plan B, which got me thinking about these ideas. He wrote the book for people whose lives haven’t turned out the way they planned. For those people who feel confused, lost and hopeless because of that very fact. I was a little nervous about starting to read it though because I didn’t want a feel good, God is in control, pat me on the back kind of answer to the issue. I didn’t want condescending or trite answers. I wasn’t disappointed.
Pete Wilson really seems to have such a compassionate heart for people and wants to help them through the tough times in their life. So often we have to go through the fire to get to the other side. Pete wants to help people get through faster by fighting against the change less and asking the right questions to get to some real answers.
His ideas about making peace with doubt and moving past the feelings of crisis, panic, fear and paralysis are actually pretty practical. Working with the situation, instead of fighting and railing against it is something we know to do, but the way Pete represents it makes it seem doable.
This is one that’ll stay on my bookshelf as I know I’ll be picking it up again to learn more about embracing Plan B.