Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Roundabout or Turning Point

"Life is always at some turning point."
Irwin Edman

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?



  1. I'm resigned to the fact that going around in circles is the only direction I have ever headed. I wouldn't know what to do if I got off the roundabout!

  2. A lot of prayer and listening to those tuggings on the heart! That's what helps me know what direction to steer.

  3. Sometimes it does seem like we are spinning our wheels. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. That's right where I've been lately, Kay, trying to get off the go-around with some family trials.It's been an intense spiritual battle. Good encouragement!

  5. Good timeing! I just finished my 8-inch long to-do list for the next couple of days. Ach! I need Calgon.

  6. It sounds as if we are all racing around the same circle! Thanks for your thoughts. I plan on getting off the roundabout today by taking a drive through Wisconsin countryside!


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