"Life is always at some turning point."
Twelve Parisian streets converge at an intersection called La Place Charles de Gaulle. The twelve avenues feed into a ten lane traffic circle that rings the Arc de Triomphe. The American version of this is a roundabout or rotary. Summer road construction has added two of these roundabouts to our rural area and has reminded me of some amusing experiences in France.
From the top of the Eiffel Tower, tourists admired the star like pattern created by the converging streets and speeding cars. All day and most of the night, cars raced around L'Etoile (the Star) at break neck speed trying to exit on the desired street. Sometimes, it was necessary for our family to drive around and around wondering if we would ever be able to exit.
Just when there seemed to be a break in the traffic, a small voice from the back seat of our Peugeot (you know who you are) would shout, "One more time, Dad! Go around one more time!"
It was as if we were going in the right direction and the wrong direction all at the same time.
Sometimes, my life feels like a roundabout - as if I am going in the right direction and the wrong direction at the same time. Like everyone else, I am working hard, trying to love my family and be helpful to others.
It just seems that life is racing by so quickly that I am not sure if I am always going in the right direction. I need to slow down. I need some time to reorient myself.
It must be time for a "turning point" instead of a roundabout. I think I'll pull off the road for a bit, check the GPS and choose a new direction. I want to make sure the direction I am headed will get me where I need to go.
What are you doing to get off the roundabout of life? Can you find a "turning point" that will allow you to redirect your energies. Do you have any suggestions for slowing down and heading in the right direction?