Tom Magliozzi (host of NPR’s Cart Talk) once said that “Reality often astonishes theory.” I wrote this down at the time I heard it, and recently came across it again.

It reminds me of another saying, this one by Mike Tyson. “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

And they both seem pertinent now, because no matter how prepared any of us felt for this year, it seems that nothing has gone to plan. So, we get to improvise. Play around, hope, and pray. After all, next year is only mere months away.


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