Road Work Ahead

Have you ever been going along, minding your own business, when all of the sudden…BAM!…something happens that makes you question whether you’ve been on the right track this whole time?

Sometimes it feels like a construction crew just comes a long and puts a dead-end sign in the middle of your life.  The good news is that it’s very rarely a” No U-Turn sign” … (I’ve found there are only a few moments in life that there’s no turning back from, and those you recognize the instant you’re faced with them.)

No, the moments that sneak up on you are more like a detour, I guess.  Okay sure, it’s a pain in the butt and it’s going to take way longer, because you were about to win and instead you got “Sorry’d” and sent all the way back home.  But at least the game’s not over yet, and if you kept your eyes open, chances are the knowledge you caught along the way was worth the trip.

And you’re not the only one who’s been there.

See, the tricky thing about life is that sometimes even wrong things can feel like the right ones.

In fact, regardless of what people tell you, there are moments in life when the difference between the right thing and the wrong thing is almost imperceptible at the time (unless you’re in one of those “point of no return” situations I mentioned earlier).  Sometimes it can be incalculably subtle – maybe it’s just a tiny tug at your hearstrings every once in a while, making you wonder “what if…” for a few seconds before pulling you back to reality.

Oh, but in the long run, it makes all the difference in the world.  A fraction of an inch off course on the map becomes miles once you’re at sea .  So pay close attention, listen to the heartstrings – and if you do find yourself at a detour in the middle of your life, maybe when you find yourself complaining, you should stop and have a picnic.  After all, back roads do tend to have the best scenery.

Your destination in life isn’t anywhere unless you’re there.


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