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There are days when you start out with a Plan. You feel good (rare for me without enough Diet Dr. Pepper). You’re ready to rock it. You might even know what you’re getting into. And still get caught off guard.

Life happens. It happens a lot. Sometimes it happens too much. But…

…there are always worse things that can happen to you. Unless you’re actually THE person with the worst problem on the planet. Then it can’t get any worse. But for billions of us? Yeah, we’re not the worst.

So look around. Take a deep breath. Be glad you can take a breath or two. And look around some more. Smile a little or a lot. And if you’re not in actual mud, then be glad you’re not in the mud. Cuz if you’re in the mud, I can’t help you.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

So are you living? Or just existing? What are you going to do about it? I’m pretty sure commenting won’t immediately change your life, but it will get you entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket, which also won’t change your life, but could change how you smell and that’s something, right? Winner is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously yours,


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When Your Day Doesn’t Go As Planned…
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8 thoughts on “When Your Day Doesn’t Go As Planned…

  • December 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Hi there!

    This is a good article When Your Day Doesn’t Go As Planned… | Life Happens. A Lot.. It seems online writing had far surpassed print. Even proffesional journalists can’t make it up to what the web writers can provide in terms of informativeness, and conciseness such as on http://www.paulinebjones.com. Reading news online has completely replaced news for me.

    Vanvliet Molitor

    • December 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 Yeah, I get most of my news online and a great deal via Twitter! I know, it’s kind of shocking, but my day moves fast. LOL

  • August 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    When I plan my day, it rarely goes as planned. Instead, I have a list of ideas of things that need to get done soonish, and I get done what I can with the knowledge something else will pop up that I’ll have to handle right away or add to my list.

    Yes, when I write, I’m mostly a panster with a fully plotted outline that will change as I go.
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    • August 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Your days sound like mine. I feel lucky when I cross off one thing of the actual to-do list. I’m a panster, too. Hmmm….
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  • August 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thanks, Pauline. This is such a good reminder to keep our problems from becoming our focus.

    When we look inwardly and focus our attention on ourselves and our problems, they can be overwhelming. But when we look outward, when we consider others and their difficulties, it diminishes the magnitude of our woes. And we can find things to be grateful for.

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks, Tommie, also great advice! I know when I look around, I can see others with much worse struggles than mine. And often they are handling them better. 🙂

  • August 22, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Good points! The problem with having an ego is that we are, always and only, an authority on our own lives and no one else’s. As a result, we are usually not subjected to the true inner perspectives of everyone around us.

    They may tell us of their problems, but those are the superficial issues, unlikely to be the chronic daily erosions of spirit we all suffer. As a result, we feel our problems might be overwhelmingly worse because those erosions of spirit have battered us so long, they’ve almost gone subconscious. Nevertheless, they amplify our ‘bad days’ in a thousand ways, which makes us feel like people ‘just don’t understand’ or whatever.

    What worries me is how our culture is so focused on ‘youth’ that young people usually disregard the help they can get from their elders. One of my nieces called me recently about being overwhelmed with life, and I gave her several practical ‘tools’ to deal with her issues. Otherwise, she and her friends just bitch to each other about all the negative things going on, and feed on their friends’ suffering without any of them actually getting help. A sad state of affairs, indeed.

    P. S. Here’s a tool I gave her, if anyone’s interested. Get some newspapers, and when you come across some commonly-held belief society has managed to program into you that you realize is complete garbage, tear off a sheet from your stack of newspapers, crumple it up while dwelling on how worthless it is to spend any more mental energy on that idiotic superstition, cultural ideal, or ‘you-must-do-this-to-be-a-perfect-whatever’ notion, and throw it into a waste bin across the room, firmly saying something like, “That is disinformation/That is not real/That does not matter.” When you catch yourself in an unexamined belief, personally evaluate how nonsensical it is (“I MUST wear panty hose? Really?), and decide what your true opinion is, the vocal and physical responses of crumpling up the ‘worthless’ information (hehe, I’m not fond of what people call ‘news’) and throwing it away clears that limiting belief from your subconscious by reinforcing it physically.

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      That is such good advice, Eva. Thank you so much for sharing it! I love getting rid of false notions cluttering up my brain. It’s so freeing. 🙂

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