I have heard Amma saying "yaaruku inniki enga bojanam potrukko anga than saapda mudiyum"..
Loosely translated as " Wherever destiny has assigned you to eat today, only there you will dine".
I have been working from home off-late and y'day my previous lunch-buddies pinged me and asked if I could come to office today so that we can catch up during lunch. Excited by the idea of girls-only-
gossip-meeting and to have a change of working monotonously ,I jumped in and replied a "Yes" and was in fact looking forward to it.
This morning, I prepared breakfast and half-lunch ( read: vegetable) and even ate the veggies during bfast as I had plans of lunching out with my friends.
Clock turns 9:30 : Having bfast catching up with news and logging to PC and checking mails
Clock turns 10: mentally thinking that I will get ready by 11 and reach office by 12
At 10:30: Engrossed in mails, to-do list and forget to book tickets for Appa who had called in the morning to remind me
At 11:00AM : Remember to book tickets and do the booking, while pinging lunch-buddy telling her tat I would be a bit late but will be there by 1PM.
At 11:30: Lunch buddy calls and says se has a meeting at 2 and will need to prepare for that so will not be able to spend much time today, instead asks if we can meet up tomorrow. I say yes and now searching for some other lunch partner so that I can go out and have outside food .
At 12:00 noon: Colleague calls and I ask if he will join me for lunch. He is neither enthusiastic nor in denying., but says calendar is packed with meetings, hence may not be able to spend time with me. After a while,(probably sensing my disappointment) says he will not attend the meeting which is scheduled immediately after lunch time so that he can spend some time with me.
At 12:30: I go to the balcony and sense the heat of the summer sun and decide to lock myself up in the house and not venture out.
At 1:00 PM: decide to have a bath and later lunch at home .
So, all the while when I have heard the statement that Amma makes, I have nodded my head and thought I understood the same. But, today, I experienced it and it sunk in well.
This is nothing new. There are different situations and contexts where the underlying concept will apply. We can only do what we can..Not everything is in our control, right, when it comes to as simple thing as a planning a lunch meeting.