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Enjoy Life’s Detours

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I took my kids to visit my grandmother today.

Without traffic it’s about a 45 minute drive. It’s a trip I have done about a gazillion times before and I really should have the route down pat at this point.


All I have to say is that it’s a mighty good thing that someone was smart enough to invent GPS. If I can get so completely lost using a GPS, I can only imagine what hole in the wall I would have ended up in if I didn’t have one. Although it is possible that I might have been slightly distracted and missed the exit because I was talking to my sister-in-law.


The big problem was the fact that the next exit after my grandmother’s is miles and miles away and even when you get there, there is no way to turn back around and get on the highway going in the other direction.


But I digress because this post is not about my horrendous sense of direction. This post is about the joys of life’s detours.


In this case, the detour was literal. I ended up driving through places I have never been to.

I got to see the back roads in the cities around the one I was trying to find. I saw fields and orchards and beautiful scenery. And my kids got to see them too. And they laughed and chuckled at their mother’s lack of a sense of direction.


And once again I thought about how the small things that happen to us are also sometimes a great metaphor for life in general.


There is only so much of life that you can plan.


And ironically enough, it seems that the more you plan, the more you try to stick with your schedule, or your views, or your comfort zone, the more life has a way of wriggling out of your control.


Life is not so much about the plan as it is about enjoying life’s detours. Life is about learning to take the unexpected in stride and find the wonderful in it.


Life is about getting lost and finding amazing things along the way. And life is about learning to enjoy the unexpected detours along the way.


How do you deal with life’s detours?


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I am me and also lots of other things like a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a daughter in law, a sister in law, a friend, an oncology nurse, a blogger, a life coach in training, an avid book reader, a chauffeur, a chef, a shopper, a maid and on some days a bit overwhelmed. On this blog I share my journey of striving to see the best in everyone and everything. Strive, because I don't always manage to. Yup, I am human. I would love to have you join me in learning lessons in positivity from life.

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35 Responses to "Enjoy Life’s Detours"

  1. Cathy says:

    When I hit those detours I can get mad and fight and wind up stuck. Or I can look at it as being exactly where I am meant to be. I relate to your sense of direction issues. I lost my car in large parking lots because I don’t know whether to turn right or left. :) John Lennon said “Life is what happens when we are making other plans.”

    1. Susie says:

      Sorry it’s taken so long to respond. Have been on a detour lol.

      I started taking pictures of where I park my car because I can never find it.
      Love the John Lennon quote.

  2. Julie says:

    There are days where I feel like I’ve got the world running smoothly in the palm of my hand, and days where I’m not even able to properly brush my teeth. I guess I just figure it all balances out in the end!

    Sidenote, I love to see kids with great-grandparents. That’s just plain awesome.

  3. Ado says:

    Hi Susie – loved this.
    First, I have what I call directional dyslexia. Get totally lost – almost to the point of even finding the bathroom in my own house but not really. So I can relate!
    What I love about this post is how you made lemonade out of lemons and pointed out to me to notice life’s detours. Life’s really one big detour isn’t it? Thanks. (-:

    1. Susie says:

      LOL-I so know about those days.

      I am lucky that 3 out of my 5 kids got to meet all 4 of their great grandparents. And 4 out of 5 met 3 of the great grandparents.

  4. Mayor Gia says:

    I agree – even though I like planning and anticipating, I know that you just can’t plan a lot of life.

    1. Susie says:

      It really is about going with the flow sometimes. And your comics btw make me laugh.

  5. This is SO true!! The more you try to plan, the more things get screwed up, and usually this leads to disappointment. I’ve learned to not be so rigid…and? I have a terrible sense of direction too ;)

    1. Susie says:

      Glad I am not alone.

  6. Debbie says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed your detour that I was somewhat responsible for ;-)

    The “sister in-law”

    1. Susie says:

      Sorry to disappoint but it was the “other sister in law” who caused my detour.

  7. Cathy says:

    I think it was John Lennon who said, “Life is what happens while we are making other plans.” :)

    1. Susie says:

      We really should stop making plans.

  8. My husband always teases me because I love taking the back roads and side streets to places. Your post is exactly why I do… there is just so much more to see. The detours in life (in mine) have not been the most fun or things I would want to relive, but I would not be the person I am today if it were not for them and I am certain I would not appreciate the life I have without them. So wonderful that this detour brought to light the little things that are so wonderful. P.S. Getting lost is one of be expertise!!! -LV

    1. Susie says:

      I also believe our experiences in life are what shape us into who we are.

  9. Miranda says:

    So glad that you were able to find some positive things to your detour. I’m a planner, and so I sometimes hate those side roads, but I agree that some of the best things can be found in those places.

    1. Susie says:

      It was either looking for the good or crying. I chose the good.

  10. Susan says:

    i love this post because i spend roughly 80% of my time lost! thanks for the happy reminder!

    1. Susie says:

      Happy detouring.

  11. Love this — I get lost all the time, going places I’ve been many times. My boys are finally getting old enough to help me navigate, thank goodness. Even the GPS doesn’t help much, and I get so mad at it!

    1. Susie says:

      My sons definitely have better sense of direction than me.

  12. Christie says:

    I am such a planner, but I am slowly learning to let go of the hiccups life throws at our plans and just continually reassess, reevaluate, and reconsider.

    1. Susie says:

      It does take getting used to-learning how to let go.

  13. Naomi says:

    I think it is important to enjoy the detours – not panic that you don’t know what is going to happen next or worry that there is no time to detour. There always is.

    1. Susie says:

      Even when there is no time, if you need time there will be a way.

  14. Susie, love your perspective. Getting ‘lost’, plans going awry, that’s just life’s way of showing us the stuff we’ll miss otherwise.

    1. Susie says:

      When we have what to see and learn, life has a way of showing it to us one way or another.

  15. Sounds like a little detour turned into a lovely ride!!

    1. Susie says:

      It did indeed.

  16. Sara says:

    Love your positive spirit. I am challenged by all things related to navigation. Next time I’m lost I’ll try to find joy in the detours!

    1. Susie says:

      Thanks so much Sara.

  17. Without the detours, life would be incredibly boring.

    1. Susie says:

      That is a good way to look at it.

  18. Kerry says:

    Well we are on a life detour at the moment, and I would say we try to find the good things on it. It is the simple things, the amount of time we just sit on the floor playing and the time we sit hugging etc they are the important things along this detour. xx

    1. Susie says:

      I am so sorry Kerry about what happened. Sending you hugs and time to try and heal.