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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