I love hiking. Once when I was a teen—with a young amazing body that could hike circles around this older body of mine—I got ahead of my dad and sister and was blazing the trail. At first it was steep and rocky, but soon the path widened and became smoother and easier. I was loving life.
Until I heard calls from my family and looked about to see where they were. To my surprise, they were half way up the steep ridge behind me. I didn’t understand, and looked at them in bewilderment. They hadn’t passed me. I was in the lead. So how in the world were they above me on the trail?
My dad yelled down that I had taken a wrong turn and was now on the fire road. No wonder it was wide and smooth and heading down, instead of up! I backtracked and finally found the spot I’d missed in my exuberance before. There was a pile of rocks formed into an arrow pointing to a skinny, steep rocky path I’d totally overlooked going past the first time. The easy wide path had seemed much more inviting and fun. Ugh!
Sometimes life is like that. We think we’re doing great and are making progress, when suddenly something happens that wakes us up to realize we’re not heading in the direction we really wanted. I love this quote by C. S. Lewis (he’s probably my favorite author EVER).
We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
Food for thought. I think I’ll end there! I can’t say it better than him. Here’s to being progressive! Have a great day!