I believe that painting is letting things happen. This was told to me many years ago by a wise woman painter, someone who would know, and I think I'm going to make myself a sign because it's always good to be reminded.
Sometimes I catch myself working against this tide, trying to force things along in my paintings, pushing my own agenda on the paint and the paper, and I have to stop to remind myself to let it unfold.
I'm pretty sure this is also true in life - it's a delicate balance between the plan in my head, knowing where I'd like to go, and actually trusting that I'm going to get there, or somewhere.
I think a sign will help.