I’m Lost!…I Love It!

2 Jun

I’ve known it for a long time, and now I am ready to admit it. I am directionally challenged.

When someone gives me directions, saying: “Go south for a mile and then turn east”, they may as well be speaking a foreign language. I know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but that’s the best I can do. Thank God for GPS systems. I’ve been lost in all kinds of places: pastoral countrysides, bustling cities, off-the-map side roads. I’ve seen them all and I usually respond in the same way: “What a waste of my time. I’m supposed to be on Interstate 35, not here in this podunk town.” And so I curse myself, the wadded up map on the passenger seat, and the travel gods who must be laughing at my confusion and frustration.

But I’m rethinking my response to being lost. I’ve decided that since it happens with some regularity, I’ll make the most of it…open my eyes, shut my mouth, and actually try to enjoy the new scenery. All of a sudden I’m discovering very interesting things, quite attractive scenery, friendly people who are willing to give directions and then chat a while, old buildings with fascinating stories, good food in diners that I would never have experienced if I’d cruised along the boring interstate. Now I’m thinking that maybe I try to control my life too much, at least the getting-from-here-to-there part. I think I now love getting lost. There is something valuable in the experience when I decide to appreciate the moment instead of trying to live 10 miles down the road. It’s almost like a refreshment for the soul.

So when I’m 30 minutes late for the meeting and someone says: “Where have you been?” I just tell them that I got lost on the way. And I smile.

One Response to “I’m Lost!…I Love It!”

  1. 14250sc June 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    I, too, love getting lost for all the reasons you mentioned–unless I’m on a timeline. Then I’m very antsy and annoyed. I would like to get past that and if I’m late, I’m late. Take me late or not… Being an on-the-clock kind of person, I’ll have to work hard to achieve that! I’m working on it and I think I’m getting a little more laid back. It feels good!

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