Saturday, January 25, 2014

People make plans and god laughs

People make plans and god laughs

For the first time in more than 30 years, Mother Nature prevented me from attending an industry event.  Due to the snow and cancelled flights, I missed the IMN conference in Laguna Beach this week as well as an excellent opportunity to moderate an emerging manager panel. I would enjoy hearing conference highlights from those who attended.

Generally I try to go with the flow, although in this case I was really disappointed when plans had to change. But then I started thinking, maybe there’s a bigger reason that I was not supposed to attend the event, even though it’s not exactly clear yet what that reason is...  My partner and I did get to work with an existing client face-to-face in NYC instead of via conference call and we also picked up a new client. Might these have happened anyway? Maybe. Maybe not!

This experience got me thinking about a saying used by the late-grandmother of a friend, ‘People make plans and god laughs’ (and perhaps Mother Nature chuckles as well)!  Could their laughter relate to knowing something good is about to come out of the unexpected change in plans??

This all reminds me of something I have shared with you before – a passage I regularly read from the book, 'The Tao of Pooh"-

'Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least they do when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, "This isn't supposed to be happening this way," and trying to make it happen some other way. If you're in tune with The Way Things Work, then they work the way they need to, no matter what you may think about it at the time. Later on, you can look back and say, "Oh, now I understand. That had to happen so that those could happen and those had to happen for this to happen...Then you realize that even if you'd tried to make it all turn out perfectly, you couldn't have done better, and if you really tried, you would have made a mess of the whole thing.'  

I continuously refer back to this passage – it helps to put things in perspective for me.  Perhaps you’ll find it helpful as well.  


Scott Arden joined Hodes Weill & Associates

John Rivard joined Rockefeller Group Investment Management

On The Road...

Mar. 11 - 14: MIPIM, Cannes, France

Mar. 19 - 20:  PREA Spring Conference, Boston, MA

Apr. 29 - 30:  PERE Global Investor, Los Angeles, CA

May 16:  Annual meeting of The Hoyt Fellows, North Palm Beach, FL

Happy Birthday to my brother Jay!!

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