There are times when no matter how hard you try you just can’t do what you really planned. For example, suppose you had wanted to give your favorite lady a present you could enjoy together. So, you’d saved cash in a special account, and looked forward to buying a mountain condo where you could look at the lake and watch folks sailing while breathing fresh mountain air. At least, that’s what you’d planned for over two years. Then you learn the unit was no longer available. All that time spent saving, planning, researching improvements, and even making preliminary arrangements to sell or lease your current home had to be put in the trash can. Now your wife is upstairs getting all dressed up to go to your favorite restaurant where you’d planned to tell her you had made the purchase. What are you going to you tell her?
I was devastated when I encountered that situation. My first thought was to cancel our night out, but I knew I couldn’t hide my disappointment and discouragement from her. Besides, this was supposed to be my present to her; now I was acting like someone who’d lost his chance to see his favorite band perform. Finally, I decided that we’d go to the dinner and I’d tell her the truth. Of course, she had already sensed something special was afoot. What I didn’t know was that she had made her own plans … [Read the rest]