Ventures often don’t turn out the way we anticipated. This happened recently when we planned to visit an apple farm during apple picking season. We arrived on a pleasantly warm day and joined a happy crowd. We lined up to buy our paper bag and fill it with apples fresh-picked with our own hands off the trees.
The problem? The fruit ripened early due to weather conditions last spring. Farmers had to harvest the apples before we and our fellow pickers arrived. The only apples left were either scattered on the ground . . .
After a stab of initial disappointment, we realized the dearth of hanging apples did not really matter. All of us in the orchard still got to meander along the rows of trees. We felt the sun on our faces. We smelled the fragrant, fresh mountain air. Children ran and shouted to each other with abandon in the safe, fenced space. The orchard offered us a festive, cheery place to enjoy ourselves.
Plans don’t always unfold as we imagined. If the apples you planned to pick are gone, there’s no need to despair. Enjoy the stroll through today’s orchard anyway. Savor the sweet and tart. Notice the colors around you, whether they are on prominent display or lie almost buried under broken branches.
If the day ends, as ours did, with a trip to town for a carmel apple, take joy.
How about you? Have you had a day recently when your plans didn’t work out the way you wanted? Were you able to salvage some joy anyway?