Best Laid Plans, and Why We Need a Plan B

Physician's Money DigestJanuary 2006
Volume 13
Issue 1

In his famous poem "To a Mouse," the 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns brilliantly tells the story of a small mouse whose modest home of leaves was completely destroyed and faced a winter of bitter cold and starvation with grim life prospects. The source of the often-quoted "The best laid plans of mice and men go often awry," Burns' poem is a great source for physicians to gain perspective on our current and future financial challenges. If you read the whole poem carefully, which can be found online at 76.html, you'll be glad you did, especially the next-to-the-last stanza:

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,

In proving foresight may be vain:

Gang aft agley,

For promis'd joy!

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