We all know that life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans.

It is in our nature to plan and build something for ourselves that will be strong and enduring.  When we are young we are building for our future, as we get a little older we are building our career or business, and as we get even older we get serious about building for our retirement.   In between, we are building a good life for ourselves and our families.

We do all of this even though we recognize that life can be uncertain and has a way of changing all of our plans, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.  Our future can be shaped as much by chance as it is by planning.  Our careers and businesses are subject to the ebb and flow of the economy and other outside forces over which we have no control.   Our retirement can be undermined by the stock market ravishing our retirement funds or other unforeseen and unavoidable events can change all of our plans.

We know that nothing in life is guaranteed and none of us are given any assurances that everything will go as planned.   We accept this and keep pressing on because we believe that what we build is worth the effort even if things do not turn out exactly as we imagined.

Despite the uncertainty, we will continue to build for the future and hope that what we build will last and not just be swept away by the winds of fate.  To do otherwise would be to let the fear of the unknown prevent us from building a full and rewarding life.   It is our resiliency, eternal optimism, and hopeful spirit that elevates us and makes us strive for a better life against all odds.