Put Down That Map and Get Wonderfully Lost!

I think that perhaps this is my favorite new travel quote. I have no idea where it came from, but I love both the words and the meaning behind the words.

The quote says stop planning everything. Be willing to risk. It says you don’t have to have all the answers, you don’t have to be in control. Take off your shoes and walk in the grass, sit down on the couch and put your feet up, put down the map for a time.

True for travel, true for life.

I have often thought of my life as this map, predetermined at every turn; if I don’t stay on course, all sorts of terrible things will follow me. And so when things don’t go according to this imaginary map I think I’m doing something wrong – I think “Where did I go off course? Where did I lose my way?” There are times when this is helpful and self-analysis shows me areas that I can change or routes that I can take to get on course. But other times, it’s not about the map. It’s about life. It’s about being willing to let go and give up control to the Map Maker. It’s those times when I need to put down that map and get wonderfully lost.

So today at the start of a holiday weekend, put down that map and get wonderfully lost!

Blogger’s note: I’m heading south so stay tuned for a post next week called “Boiled Peanuts and Bless Her Heart – Memorial Day Weekend in the South!” I won’t be able to respond to comments right away but be sure that I will read and respond when I get back. Have a great weekend and thank you for reading this blog – it is a gift to me!