"Life seldom proceeds in accordance with our careful plans." So I am wont to pronounce from time to time. An original Janet McNeill quotation!!

Once upon a time, I had a tiny, perfect life – or so I fervently believed at the time. Then, one day, it blew right up in my face.

Marvellous fodder for personal growth, of course. For learning about control, & letting go, & living one day at a time (one moment at a time!) … & all that jazz.

I wrote a little essay once, quite a few years ago now, about how I’d gone to a restaurant for a very late Saturday afternoon lunch, with my heart (well, my stomach) set on having pizza. I wound up eating something else altogether – only because pizza was simply not on the menu. In other words, I really had no choice. It was out of my hands (rather the way my life seemed to have been for some time).

Well. Around the same time I was reading Thomas Moore’s book Care of the Soul(1).

In ithe wrote “This ... dream reminded me of another I had heard years before, in which a man was in a restaurant and ordered a steak; instead he was served a large platter of beans. That dream sounded like a Zen story to me and led me to reflect for a long time on the value of plain pedestrian food, especially when we consciously order up something more special. Life has a way of plopping extreme ordinariness in front of us when we are entertaining exotic gourmet daydreams.”

I just loved that.

He had utterly nailed something there that sure resonated for me!

So, there you go.


Beans happen!


‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell, US folklorist & expert on mythology (1904 - 1987)

(1) Care of the Soul – A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, Thomas Moore, HarperPerennial, 1994. A review here