Lost Again

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.â€

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

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.â€

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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