“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend.” (Anne of Green Gables).
I’ve always been a planner. I decided my college major when I was 16. I began planning my wedding to the man I was dating as a teenager when I was about nineteen. (And we’ve been married almost 33 years). I wanted an old house, two kids, and that’s exactly what I got.
I believe in vision boards, to-do lists, and have always had a five-year plan.
This embarrasses me…… now.
Last week I returned from my long awaited and highly planned trip to Italy. I snapped this picture en route to the 14th Century Villa we stayed in while visiting the Tuscany area.
I was captivated by this little town because of the gentle bends and turns in the road. Rounding each curve presented a delightfully idyllic surprise even more exquisite than I could have ever imagined. Soon I began to savor those unplanned moments of pleasure and found myself revelling not only in the magnificent scenery but the fact that not knowing what was around the bend was part of its intrinsic beauty.
Life is like that too, isn’t it? An unexpected handwritten note appears in the mail; a job offer you never saw coming; the phone call from a new client that excites and surprises you; a meeting gets postponed, offering you a delicious excuse to curl up with a sweet treat and a few stolen moments with a new book you’ve been dying to start.
Part of what makes life so interesting is imagining……and wondering….. what will be around the bend?
“It has a fascination of its own, that bend.”
I wonder what tomorrow will bring?