“Not all those who wander are lost.”
Many of you will be able to actually hear the
GPS system’s voice in your head when you read
the words : “You have reached your destination!”
As the incredibly geographically-challenged but
quite resourceful individual I like to think I am,
I rely on my car’s GPS system to help me get where
I need to go. And I had a doctor’s appointment a
while ago, and darned if she didn’t move her office
to a new location in the year since I’d seen her last.
So, I enter in the new address and I go off on my
merry way. All is going great for about 30 minutes
until I’m driving down a road I’m only somewhat
familiar with and I hear my GPS cheerfully announce
to me (with nary an office building in sight mind you)
“You have reached your destination!”
As Yogi Berra once said,
“If you don’t know where you’re going,
you might wind up somewhere else.”
Yogi Berra was a genius.
I didn’t know where I was going,
my GPS system told me I was there,
except there was no “there” there…
I think Gertrude Stein said that once.
See, I’m hardly the only one who gets lost!
I once was lost…
I eventually realized my trusty GPS wasn’t
really “wrong” and I was actually close to my
doctor’s office…on the other side of a divided
highway that I had to u-turn to get back to.
It was no problem once I started looking
around with my own eyes to locate things.
But this experience of being told I had
reached my destination when my destination
was nowhere in sight actually hit me like
a punch in the stomach that said “Hey, you,
wake up and realize this is important.”
…but now I found something!
This is life. This is a lot like life. This is my life.
I’m getting up and going through my days and
doing a whole lot of things, setting a lot of goals,
believing in a lot of stuff that I do…often with my
eyes set firmly on a line set out in the distance…
a horizon that I may someday reach, but not now.
If Not Now, Then When?
But why not now? I practice mindfulness to be more
aware of what is happening and what I am feeling in
the moment. But that feels like the micro to this macro.
Life can not only be a journey, life is the destination.
The pursuit of anything important doesn’t have to
have an “ending” on that horizon…the pursuit can be
the destination. I don’t have to have seen my last
client to have reached my destination. I don’t have
to have written my last blog post. I don’t have to get
my daughter off to college or anything else in order
to “get there.”
I am there. You are there. We are there.
Wherever “there” is.
We have reached our destination! 🙂