Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors

What “The best laid plans” is about (chapter intro):

Sh*t happens. We’ve all heard the 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 others making sense of why bad things happen to people. And even more so, why do bad things happen to good or innocent people?

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. And for that I am grateful. I can only suggest that you seek help from loved ones, pastors, or licensed professionals for those great tragedies. I would only suggest that you not stand idle and suffer needlessly.


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

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 chances for a fulfilling and happy life.

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