Man Plans and God Laughs II

“Many plans and God laughs.” – anonymous

Billy Solo - Hawk MtSaturday morning is the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in downtown Philadelphia. I started training with a group early this year in a high-rise office building in center city to prepare for the 100-floor Century climb. I would climb in the memory of my buddy Billy who lost his battle with lung cancer last year at the young age of fifty-eight. Billy’s daughter Kristin organized the team to raise money for lung cancer research.

Mom passed away this week. Instead of climbing for Billy I’ll be sitting in church at Mom’s funeral and then celebrating her full and vibrant ninety-two year life at a reception after her burial.

photo“Man plans, and God laughs.” You have to have a plan. Just as important is to accept that life happens and sometimes your plan isn’t what is best for you, regardless what you think. We like to hold on to the familiar. What is familiar is safe. Learn to let go. Letting go opens a world of possibilities.

Saturday I’ll toast Mom’s life with family and friends while I’m climbing for Billy in spirit.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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9 Responses to Man Plans and God Laughs II

  1. Sophie33 says:

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved mom & dear friend Billy. Xxx


  2. LB says:

    So now it is Sunday and I hope that the celebration of your Mom’s life was a comfort and a time of happy memories. I’ll also hope that the Climb for Billy was a success.
    Thoughts are with you, Jim


  3. aaronwest says:

    Condolences, Jim. Sounds like she had a lengthy and fulfilling life. There’ll be plenty of stairs to climb in the future.


  4. Writergurlny says:

    I’m sorry about your mother. May she rest in peace.


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