Friday, April 15, 2011
Journeys are funny things. You start out with a destination in mind and you map out a route. As you travel along looking at the sites, you're thinking how beautiful it all is and how wonderful the journey is. Sun is shining, birds are singing.........and all is well.
Then it happens.............you hit a huge pothole left over from the winter............and poof. Your journey is delayed while the damage to the tire and rim caused by the pothole are repaired. You spend your time during the repair maintaining the positive attitude you had because it's still early in the journey. With the repair done, you set out again, happily humming to yourself and looking at the sites around you.
Suddenly, you hit a detour sign. As you start to follow those signs, you find yourself becoming very frustrated. Your journey has been interrupted, you are on roads not mapped, and the destination you wanted to reach seems to have gotten further away rather than closer the more you drive. The scenery isn't nearly as pretty as it was on the main road, and discouragement sets in. The longer you follow the detour, the more discouraged you become. You even pull off the road trying to decide if continuing the journey is even worth it.
As you ponder that decision, you look at the detour behind you. Going back isn't really an option because the detour has been way more work and much less enjoyable than the original route on the journey. So, you decide to forge ahead. You start to look at the detour through different eyes, and it occurs to you that the detour might have had not only some lessons in it, but some nice scenery that you missed because you were frustrated. You actually begin to enjoy the detour just a little - when you find yourself back on the main road. You realize that the original journey might take a bit longer to get to your destination, but you discover that you've learned some things about yourself on the way.
Might there be other issues? Yep. But you're learning that you have to take the things thrown at you if you're going to reach that destination. At the outset of your journey, no one ever promised you it would be easy or quick.
My journey is weight loss. My destination is weight maintenance. I started way back in 1999 when I weighed in at 240 lbs. at my doctor's office. It's now 2011 and I'm still not where I want to be.................but gain/lose cycles are becoming shorter, and I'm gaining back less and less with each detour. I've learned a ton of things about myself in the process........
.........and with each detour and each lesson I get closer to that destination.
Good luck, whoever happens to stumble on this blog, on your *own* journey. If you happen to need assistance along the way and our paths cross, I'll be more than happy to help!