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Only One Way?

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  Maps. Directions. Roads. Lost. GPS, yes, GPS. Living in a new city my GPS has become my new best friend. I have never had a good sense of direction. When I was 14 years old, my family was driving from our home in Las Vegas to Disneyland. With my map reading skills, we ended up outside of San Diego. That is NOT close to Disneyland.

  One of the first things I did when I moved to Austin was to buy a map. It is large and I stand and look at it, trying to get an idea of where I am located in reference to where I am going. Studying the map, I determine there are endless ways to reach my destination. When I plug-in the address to my GPS, it even gives me options. It is up to me to decide which route to take.

  Of course our route can be interrupted by road work, an accident, one way streets etc. So we are forced to find another way to our final destination. GPS of course makes it simple. But when there were only maps ,no GPS,  and I would get lost, I had to pull over to the side of the road and study the map to find a new route.

   That is my life right now. I am pulled over to the side of the road studying it and trying to find a new path, a new direction to reach my destination. What is my destination? A life with purpose and lived with passion. Prior to my divorce, I was on a one way road and believed the life I was living was the only way to experience happiness. Since my divorce, I have slowly discovered that there are endless paths to living a new purposeful life. Just like when the GPS gives me a choice of routes, it is up to me to select which road I will take now because joy, purpose and passion lie just around the bend.

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Write a List

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  Writing Assignment #2: Write a list: Things I’ve learned in 55 years

  1. Life always brings the unexpected
  2. Sometimes those unexpected things are great
  3. Sometimes those unexpected things come close to destroying your life
  4. If you eat too much and move too little, you will get fat
  5. Every place has something offer, no city, state or country has a corner on the best place
  6. Not every person has something to offer.
  7. Psychopaths do exist and they will comfortably and happily without remorse destroy you if you don’t recognize them. http://www.psychopathfree.com
  8. It’s never too late to learn new things but if it’s a language, begin as young as possible
  9. Daughters will continually surprise and amaze you
  10. Just because someone has been your friend for over 25 years doesn’t mean she will be there when you need her
  11. Books are the greatest invention because they allow you to go anywhere with anyone
  12. People today want the same things that people throughout history have wanted: love, happy and healthy children, financial security, friendship, community, happiness, good health, peace
  13. Driving through west Texas is a long and boring trip
  14. You only get out of life what you put in
  15. Nothing changes if you don’t change anything
  16. Words change meaning when spoken according to tone and intonation of the speaker.
  17. It’s always good to have an alternative life plan
  18. Pets always love you and never judge you
  19. Day go by slowly but the years fly by
  20. The only constant in life is change