Nothing like driving to 10,000 feet above sea level to adjust your perspective. I’m just back from a necessary vacation and our family is about to embark on another big transition. If you can master transitions, you can master everything.
At one point on our trip, while looking for a remote cabin we had rented on airbnb we drove off the highway onto a dirt forest service road by accident. We got a mile in, the car started to slide backwards into mud. We had three kids in the backseat, the sun was setting and the clouds were starting to whip up a wicked winter storm. My heart started pounding with anxiety. I had gotten us up a mountain, off the beaten path, in the middle of nowhere and very nearly stuck. Not a metaphor.
What do you do in these situations? Panic? Get angry? Freak out? Cry?
Luckily, I was traveling with a cool-headed adventurer. We just put the car in reverse and decided that there is always another way.
Thats it: Back up. Start over. Find a way that works.
The amazing thing was: minutes before we realized we were lost we startled an entire herd of mule deer. There were about 30 of them. They looked at us and we looked at them. We got out of the car and watched them climb over the ridge. It was beautiful.
We never would have seen them on the right road. Isn’t it funny how magic always shows up in the middle of huge mistakes?
Feeling grateful for huge mistakes, wrong ways and how they make the right road that much better when you find it.