Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors

What “The best laid plans” is about:

Sh*t happens. We’ve all heard this saying, and it’s true. We could talk all day about why it happens, and as a Christian I probably have an even harder time than non-Christians comprehending why bad things happen to people. And why bad things happen to good people, and vice versa. But I don’t like to focus on “why” bad things happen, but rather on how we respond to those bad things that can derail our hopes for a happy life.

Now, I am forever grateful that I cannot speak personally to tragedies like the loss of a loved one, a tragic accident, or even the loss of a home or fortune. My experience simply cannot help you other than to suggest that you seek help from loved ones, pastors, or licensed professionals. Just don’t stand still and suffer.


I can and will, however, address those crappy things that happen to you that you do have the ability to overcome, but which you struggle with anyway. It is all too easy in today’s world to just roll over and give up when bad things happen to you. Believe me, I’ve had many opportunities in my life to pack it in and give up.

When you choose to pursue your dreams, crappy things will happen. It is unavoidable. But you have to take the bad with the good, the crap with the cream. And you know what, those bad experiences, and how you survive them, are what you learn and grow from most of all. It’s all about how you respond to the crap.



“How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.” ~ Wilhelm von Humboldt

“Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.” (The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.) ~ Robert Burns