We recently watched a strangely strident video called “Every Day of Our Lives Should Advance the Plot”, about taking control and making sure you move toward your dream everyday, as though your life were a movie and you were in charge of every detail “to advance the plot”.
We wondered how “advancing the plot” works when life throws in a monkey wrench and puts the kibosh on “the plot” you were imagining, and you realize that you’re not in control of it all…that the plot is advancing without your say so.
We’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as we see friends around us struggling with extreme and unexpected plot changes in their lives, like a diagnosis of a fatal cancer, or an illness that changes the game radically for a while. Then an email from our wise friend Margot Wellington put it into perspective:
I’ve had to learn that life has both sadness and joy. One has to accept sadness as part of living. And one has to help make joy, learn to recognize joy, and live for the intermittent experience of joy which comes and goes and never stays.
THAT’S the plot we would like to further each day: “to help make joy, AND learn to recognize it…” even when all hell is breaking loose…
With thanks to Ludwig Van Beethoven