With all due respect to Frost and the integrity of his poem, sometimes taking the road less traveled doesn’t make all the difference, it just makes you late.
Or does it?
How do you perceive wrong turns?
Today I’m going to give you a list of all the potential things you can learn from taking a wrong turn. (I’ll be tackling more than literal wrong turns. If you have a keen eye and a sharp wit you might catch onto that without my having to take up three lines to write it.)
Lessons thanks to wrong turns:
- You’re humbled to freely admit you’re not perfect.
- You stumble into unfamiliar territory and are forced to concentrate, with greater intensity on your surroundings.
- If you’re wise, you learn to ask for help.
- You practice the art of correcting yourself and sometimes that means backtracking a little.
- With great effort you clamp your mouth shut, refraining from swearing like a sailor in front of your spouse or children. Hence, discipline.
- You understand that time doesn’t always operate on your schedule and that life goes on without you.
- Dirt roads are never a good sign. Anyone guess this song…dananarnarnarnar? Okay, maybe not. Dueling banjos give you a clue?
- You become skilled at deciphering the best turn-around spots, gauging where/how you’re least likely to get in an accident.
- Conflict resolution if anyone is in the car with you.
- Finally, you discover that sometimes, in life you’re not always where you think you are. Some directions lead us astray. There’s always one guide that will point us right—and I’m not referring to the English speaking GPS system.
Have you learned anything significant from a wrong turn?
*photos by flickr