Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Enjoy the detours

Some people gather flowers. Others gather friends. I like gathering both those things—and I also like gathering inspirational quotes. I love reading books. I highlight and underscore things that inspire me. And when I hear or read quotes in other places, I gather them into a file. So you will see me use a lot of quotes as inspiration for my blogs. They're inspiration for my life as well.

Here's one I saw several weeks ago, and right now I can't remember where I saw it: "A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."

As someone who has always been so focused on getting the job done, I like hearing this. I need to hear it. It's not always about the goal or the destination. It's the journey. It's even in the detours.

I dislike road construction as much as the next person. Perhaps even more. And I don't like having to take detours either. I don't know where they'll take me and how well marked they'll be. I don't know how long they'll take. And yet ....

And yet ... some of the most interesting scenery can be found on detours. Even the pace is different—and is good for me. I've discovered that as I have taken back roads when interstate highways were blocked. When I relax and enter into the experience, I can really enjoy it. I can savor all the beauty of the trees, flowers, birds, contented cows and other things I notice along the detour! I can slow my breathing and even enjoy the slower pace. It's good for me. The same is true of life's detours as well. I can learn a lot from them.

Taken any detours lately? What did you notice?

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