Thomas à Kempis said it in Latin:  “Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit” (Man proposes, but God disposes),

Robbie Burns said it in Scottish (“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley” – that second line translates as “go oft awry”),

And here is my own plain-English version: DON’T pack your bags ‘cos you’re NOT going to fly – today, tomorrow, perhaps not for the next six months or more – as my family have learnt to their cost (quite literally).

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