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How did I end up here?

September 25, 2012

Posted in: Pathways, Performance, Personal, Place, Professional

a lone shopping cart, abandoned

Growing up in Stromsburg, my family often hosted overnight guests traveling through to other places. It seems that Stromsburg is at the end of almost any day of driving. People driving from Colorado or Minnesota, or Illinois would, at the end of that day, end up in Stromsburg, at my mom and dad’s house, having supper.

Once we hosted a family coming through from southern California and after the preliminary niceties, the man couldn’t help himself but to ask – with an almost incredulity wonderment; “how did you end up here, I mean to say, how did you end up…here ?”

It’s a fair question and a few weeks ago, I think that I found the answer while waiting for my daughter in Target.

Madi had to run to the bathroom, and so I, pushing the shopping cart, moved along with her over towards the bathroom area. At the time, tons of shoppers were all around me, so I gently navigated my cart so as to not crash into anyone else.  I waited for Madi. While waiting for her my mind started to drift, I was leaning on the shopping cart – starring into space while I was looking down at the ground.

Time passed. I looked up. All the other shoppers had moved on. There I was, leaning on the shopping cart, head in the clouds, looking down. All alone. In the middle of Target.

Madi: What are you doing there, dad?

Every wonder that? How did I end up here? How did I all of a sudden find myself in a place where I never imagined? How did I get here in the first place?

The answer is simple. At the time where you parked your own shopping cart seemed right. Some time later, what you originally thought was right, now has changed. The other shoppers have moved on. You had your head down or in the clouds and now all of a sudden you find yourself alone. Take heart. Life is moving all the time. Just because you suddenly “woke up” doesn’t mean that you have to stay in the middle of the isle, or in the middle of the parking lot, or in the middle of your situation. You start to move too and you’ll realize that it really wasn’t a bad idea after all, it’s just that you had to stop for a moment. Start moving again and you’ll find yourself where you wanted to be all along.

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