Lost Again

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I am lost again. Just hours after I posted my last blog about detours on the road and in life, I once again took a wrong turn.

This time I was in the Target parking lot. Yes – you read that correctly – the Target parking lot!

As usual, I turned left when I should have turned right and the parking lot came to a dead end – and this is what I found. Just take a look at the photo I posted here.  Take a close look.

Its vines intertwining and creeping along this wall, blazing with fall colors. What a spectacular site and I couldn’t help but stop, get out of my car, and just enjoy.  Absolutely beautiful!

The sad part is that I was the only one there. Everyone else turned right, just like they were supposed to, and they missed this amazing sight.

They didn’t take the detour – what a shame.

I like to put a variation on what Dr. Seuss once said: “Don’t try so hard to fit in when you were meant to stand out.”

Today I stand out from the others, lost once again and enjoying every minute of it.

Today I am grateful for my lack of direction.

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Life’s Detours

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I’m lost – again!

Directions have always been a challenge for me. I can’t tell north from south, east from west, and if I tell you to turn left, that’s your cue to turn right.

People have always made fun of me because I never know where I am or how I got there.

My new best friend is Alice – my navigation system in my car. She usually gets me to where I want to go, but on occasion, even she gets lost.  Today is one of those few times when she fails me.  Somehow I detoured into a part of town I have never seen before.

I used to beat myself up over my lack of direction, but over the years I have learned to enjoy the detours along the way, both on the road and in life.

When I was 21, I had my whole life mapped out before me. Did it turn out the way I planned?  NO!  But by enjoying the detours along the way, I have found treasures I never imagined possible.

As some wise person once said (no, it wasn’t me but I wish it was):

“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.”

By the way, because of today’s detour, the bench in this photo became my office for the afternoon. Yes, because I got lost and decided to enjoy the journey, I found this lovely wooded trail along Lake Mendota in Madison, so I sat down and wrote this blog.  Now I wonder if I will ever find it again!!!

So you see, detours can be good – and lacking a sense of direction can be a real adventure. What detours have turned out to be adventures in your life?

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Sibling Similarities – or NOT!

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It never dawned on me before. Not until my brothers were visiting me this past week-end, that we never know how much we influence others. We never know what impact we have made in someone’s life – sometimes for the good, and sometimes the not-so-good.

As the three of us reminisced about our childhood, we all had such different memories, such different experiences. It’s almost like we were raised by different people, but we weren’t. We were all raised by the same parents in the same neighborhood in the same house.

One thing was constant, though – we certainly had a deep connection to each other. Not even the 14 year age difference could diminish that.

We hiked out to Picnic Point in Madison and it was an absolutely glorious day. When we got to the end of the trail, I noticed a tree leaning over, ready to fall.   The only thing that held it together was its roots, strong and firm and unwavering – just like my love for my brothers. Nothing can ever take that away from me.

And for that, I thank my parents. Somehow, someway, through all their differences, sometimes for the good and sometimes the not-so-good, they gave us the roots we need to bond and love and laugh and create memories for a lifetime. Thank you Mom and Dad.

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Phone Free Zone

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I see it everywhere and it makes me want to scream!!!

At the library

At the playground

At the children’s museum

Parents and caregivers with their faces in their phones instead of spending quality time with their children. What could be so important? What could possibly be more important than spending quality time with your child?

OK, so I don’t have kids of my own, but I do have a mother, a father, and a brother who are no longer with me. They are gone forever, and there is nothing I can do to spend one more minute with them. Never again will I feel one more hug, hear one more laugh, see one more smile. And believe me, I would do just about anything if I could.

Make no mistake about it, tragedy and death are not reserved for the elderly. It can happen at any time to any one of us, no matter what your age is.

So think about putting down that phone, iPad or whatever other gadget you are carrying around with you and take some quality time with the ones you love. Read to your children, play with them, laugh with them. I know it sounds like a cliché, but time is shorter than you think.

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