Planners, Dreamers, and Freshly Mown Grass

Are you one of those people who always have The Plan? You know, that overarching road map that details how your life will go?

If you’re like me, The Plan often changes, but one thing stays the same: once The Plan is fulfilled, your happiness will be complete. Until then, there’s a part of you that says, “Just imagine,
someday . . .”

Ever since we bought our house, our backyard has been a diamond in the rough. Slowly but surely, my husband is transforming it according to my rather ambitious Yard Plan. I daydream (aloud) about the day when we’ll sit in our cushioned wicker recliners, sipping cold drinks and listening to the waterfall on a perfect summer evening. He often replies, “Why don’t we just buy a couple lawn chairs and go sit out there right now?”

“But—but—but . . .”

I’m sure all of you planners can finish the sentence for me.

“. . . it’s not finished yet!”

Another thing about The Plan is this: if it doesn’t unfold in a timely fashion, or worse, doesn’t unfold at all, the planner tends to get annoyed. Discontentment wedges its ugly self between the planner and this gift called the present.

The same is true of the dreamer and The Dream.

“Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.”
~ Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the
Huaorani tribe in Ecuador

Today I encourage you to live, not merely long to live. Turn your eyes from the future, from the nagging discontentment of that delayed plan or unfulfilled dream, and onto the blessings of the present. That might mean ignoring the bright blue tarp that’s hiding your fledgling mess of a waterfall, and concentrating instead on the fragrant summer breezes and perfumed scent of freshly mown grass. Never mind that the smell of grass is coming from the neighbor’s yard—it smells great, doesn’t it? 🙂

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