In my family’s lore, probably the most repeated story is of a family trip to Oklahoma in which my sister repeatedly asked, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” At some point, we’d all had our fill and my dad made it clear she should not ask that again. I don’t think he used the “Don’t make me pull this car over” line, but whatever he said kept her quiet for all of about five minutes. At that point, she peeped up and said, “We’re not almost there yet, are we?”
I don’t know what journey you’re on, but oftentimes her statement, which was immensely humorous to us at the time, is more poignant and melancholy than we’d like it to be.
We try, try, try and then try again. We try something old. We try something new. We listen to podcasts for inspiration. We browse the internet for information to help us. We ask wise souls. And we look down the road, only to see that our goal is nowhere in sight. Maybe we even feel like we’re farther away than we were this time last week, month or year.
One foot in front of another becomes tiring after awhile and just do it seems impossible.
I’ve discovered that for me, I take a detour. Instead of continuing toward the destination. and working on my next blog post or piece of jewelry or any of the other things on my list that I think will help build my business, I decide to try something completely new.
This week it was knitting. I suddenly decided I had to get a pair of needles and learn a completely new craft. I realized it allowed me to feel like I was doing something without actually doing anything toward my plans. Call it a “creative vacation.”
Maybe you need to do that, too. Instead of spinning your wheels down an endless highway where the mile markers seem to be taking you the wrong direction, go sight seeing for a bit. Wander down a side street and enjoy a different view.
But then at some point, get back on the highway and go the right direction. You have the map. You just have to follow it.
Are you there yet? Are you there yet? Are you there yet?
You’re not almost there yet, are you? Maybe not, but maybe you’re closer than you know.
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