Friday, December 23, 2011
Life's a journey, right? So do you take the long and windy road filled with obstacles, detours, difficulties or the high road that takes you to your destination efficiently, cleanly and oh so stylishly? The choices we make, shape us into either a beautiful, practical quilt, or an heirloom with lots of intricate patterns, knobbly bits, darned tears - even scratchy lace in places.
Let me explain: along with most of the people I know, my husband and I were invited to attend a historic lecture recently. To get to the venue we all had to travel around 1 600 kms - expensive either in money or in time (or both). We did the calculations and many chose to fly. So did we - and we were offered a spectacular low-cost deal which we gladly accepted.
Then someone suggested a bus trip. If we could organise enough passengers, it would be possible to subsidise some who did not have the funds.
But a bus trip is long. 19 hours one way. Discomfort. Stiff joints. Cramped legs. Motion sickness. Most probably little (or as it turned out, no) sleep. Possibly irritation with others talking too much/too little and other foibles. Close proximity. Idiosyncrasies. Crying babies.
So we chose the long and windy road.
We left with 43 acquaintances and returned with 43 soul mates. Yes, there were moments of near-crying exhaustion and yes, sometimes the music was too loud or we didn't feel like watching that particular DVD and yes, we had to wait for over an hour for somone to return. But in the end, we think it added a beautiful pattern to our life quilt.
I suppose sometimes our weight-loss journeys mimic this. We could pay a highly efficient trainer and whip ourselves into shape. But would we be happy with the sleek, sophisticated result if there were no dimples, dented egos, disappointments or devilish tempations along the way?
Plain or patterned - which are you?