Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tires, Wrong Turns, and Breathtaking Lessons!

The turning points of lives are not the great moments.
The real crises are often concealed in occurrences
 so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.
                        William E. Woodward.

Now you can see why I drive a Jeep instead a nice little car. Those of you who read my blog know why I have picked up a few wagon tires while they were on sale. (Oops!)

I woke up very early this Monday morning to begin my very busy week. I dashed off in the very foggy mist to drive an hour away to go and buy these wagon tires at a great discounted price. After picking them up and loading them, along with two blocks of salt for the cows into the Jeep, I thought I would rush home and get to the long list of things that needed to be done. I pulled out of the parking lot and turned the wrong way. 
 I realized I was going in the wrong direction and even though it was very foggy out I continued on my way. If I have learned anything in my life I know things always happen for a reason and we should just go with the flow and see where it takes us. It did not take me very long to see why I was sent here.

I pull into a parking lot and my eyes immediately jump to the misty images of trees, bridges, and a pond. The Canada Geese were swimming around oblivious to me or the fog. It was absolutely breathtaking.

I jumped out of the Jeep as fast as I could and looked at my watch 9 a.m., since it was early I thought I would take some time and see what this magnificent feast for the eyes had to offer. I walked, and walked and then feeling a little tired, I then sat on a bench and looked at my watch, it was only 9:30 a.m., I am thinking I must be very fast and I have lots of time so I walked farther down the trail. I was not disappointed; the view with every new turn became more spectacular.

I passed many people on this trail overlooking the water which I could not see because of the thick misty fog. I knew it was the water as it was a waterfront trail. I found myself wondering if any of the very friendly people I met along the way had also been sent here by some unknown source for a reason. I looked down at my watch, 9:30 a.m. I guess my watch had quit working and I had no idea how long I had been here enjoying this special gift. I came to the conclusion again, everything for a reason. I continued to walk and enjoy the friendly shadow people emerging from this thick misty fog. 
Watching a little girl feeding the swans made me realize we should fight as hard as we can to hold on to that childhood carefree attitude we all possess, and forget the everyday pressures of adulthood, if only for a little while. It is easier than you think. Go feed the birds, go to a park and swing on the swings. Run free.

As you can see I had a great time without constricts of time, I did not even think of that list waiting at home. This must have been the reason. When I returned to the Jeep I found the time was 12 p.m., I had been walking and enjoying this gift for my soul for almost three hours.

I truly believe I was meant to take this so called wrong turn, I have never really believed in wrong turns I like to think of them as the universe taking me where I need to go and making me realize there is so much more to life than worrying about lists. It was reminding me to slow down, and live in the moment and not take life for granted.  It is not just about working and stressing. What are you missing?



  1. Oh Buttons, these pictures are just magical! I'm glad you took that wrong turn and had some "me time."

  2. Sounds like your clock was stopped on purposed.

    I would have enjoyed this walk...peaceful, beautiful and a place to forget time.

  3. You are so right. Thanks for reminding us. Guidance took you where you were meant to be that morning. The list is still there. You'll get it done. Glad you took time to drink in the day! I will have my eyes open even more today because of this post.

  4. Your photos are quite beautiful. What a lovely time your wrong turn turned out to be.

  5. Serene. These pictures look like something are almost too good to be real! You are so lucky to have been there!

  6. spectacular find and a morning worth capturing! glad you followed the "calling", buttons. :o)

  7. The universe holds lots of magical mysteries. You where guided to stop there...beautiful Buttons. Auntie M.

  8. You give the best advice! We should all wander , explore, smell, listen and learn

  9. so beautiful. that shot of the swan against the glinting waters is perfection...

  10. Too bad we can't stop time like this anytime we discover such beauty.

  11. I so love reading your posts. The photo of the bridge is amazing. I agree wrong turns and lost time are more often good than bad. Thanks for the reminder.

  12. What a wonderful magical experience!

  13. This is a beautiful post...along with your photos as usual :)


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