Long-term planning is not one of my strong suits. Give me the next two months and I’ve got my schedule down. Anything beyond that quite honestly makes me a bit nervous. Being a self-employed music teacher I have to be good at organization and planning and but when I try to imagine six months from now my brain almost short circuits.
Naturally the planning side of my brain has never been very strong (changing my major three times in college and then going into none of those fields). Also I’ve spent the last ten or so years trying to train myself in being present, studying Buddhist teachings and philosophies. In these teachings there is the mention “fantasy and reality”. This brings your attention to whether you are fixated on a fantasy (mere thoughts) or reality (what is happening now). This is very helpful in keeping in the present moment, breathing in the now, but how do I fit long-term planning into this state of being?
Upon my first reaction, the future in fiction. I mean, when really have your plans panned out? For me, not very often, if ever. Why plan? Maybe to attempt to create a future that is somewhat similar to what one wants or imagines, even if it is quite different from the original idea. This is what I’ve been struggling with lately.
It is so against my nature to plan long-term. For example, where I want to be six months from now! Planning our upcoming tour has challenged me so much in this respect. I think I just have to accept that yes, the future is fiction, but my planning can also have a direct and huge effect of this supposed future.
Joshua Tree National Park (Feb 2017 visit) - trip possible because of long-term planning!