Surviving the Curve
Detours in Life
It was a fun-filled, talent-delightful concert directed towards the teenagers in life. It ended with screams and panic as concert goers prepared to leave the venue after a pop music concert in Manchester, England. Less than two weeks later, Londoners and tourists alike strolled across the London Bridge, many only to find themselves in the hospital after being struck deliberately by an out-of-control, speeding van. The three van drivers then fled the scene of mayhem thay had created only to run into a restaurant and attempt to kill even more.
Life is messy and there are those who have decided their life’s purpose is to perpetuate that messiness and chaos. Even if it is not something that will make the evening news, our lives have their detours. For this season of Pentecost, we will discuss dealing with such and, hopefully, find a way to navigate the detours of life.
“Le vrai est trop simple, il faut y arriver toujours par le compliqué.” This translates as “The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route.” It was written in a letter to Armand Barbès on 12 May 1867 by George Sand. I would dearly love to tell you this statement is false but I cannot; there is a great deal of truth within it.
This very post is a perfect example of a detour in life. Between the suicide bombing at the concert in Manchester and those killed/injured in London, I really doubted about this topic. And yet, in some ways it seemed more important than ever. Our of respect it had been delayed for two days and during that time, a disgruntled worker went to his former place of employment and killed five as well as taking his own life.
Most of us, fortunately, will never have such a dramatic detour. The truth remains that every detour brings its own amount of stress. “Odd, how life makes twists and turns. I never would have guessed that I’d end up where I am now, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I wouldn’t trade this path I’m on for the whole solar system, for that matter. If I’ve learned anything these last several months, it’s that sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” This sentence by Angela N. Blount in her “Once Upon an Ever After” is how I hope we all begin to approach the detours in our living. We can not only survive life’s curves but ride them to victory.