ROBERT BURNS POEM which includes this quote #THE BEST LAID SCHEMES OF MICE AND MEN GANG AFT AGLEY

 

I got up early enough to do some blog writing. I no longer remember what I was going to write about. So, in the words or Robert Burns, a Scottish poet, I recalled a famous quote.

 

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley,

 No, I wish I spoke Gaelic, but nay I dunna.

So, I’ll translate to the English for those of us less informed.

 

The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew …        well, that could be further reduced to

 

The best laid plans of mice and men often get fucked. Sorry for the language.

 

The problem was… my printer wasn’t working. So, I spent over an hour getting it reset. I thank the Universe that it was finally fixed. Only, during that period of time, all I could think about was how Burns was right.

People plan. Well, most of us I suppose. And then, as John Lennon wrote, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”. Got to hand it to the folks on the British Isles. They got some wisdom there.

 

HYPOTHESIS:

One can make plans but one should be prepared to change them at a moment’s notice.

That’s really all I have to say. This week end my friend told me that when she opens my blog, and it’s long, she closes it to read later. We know what that means.

Life doesn’t always have a “later”. So, while you plan, keep a spare idea in your back pocket.

And try not to be like me and get nuts when it happens. I want to learn to expect things to not go my way. That will help.

Foot note:

The Poem was written to a mouse. Burns overturned a nest and wrote about it. The last verse translates to*

The present only toucheth thee: But och! I backward cast my e’e, On prospects drear! An’ forward, tho’ I canna see, I guess an’ fear!

*Animals live only in the present. We should too.

 

 

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