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Venture out!Posted Saturday, November 6, 2010, at 8:42 AM
When most people go to work, or to visit, or wherever, they usuallly take the same route every time. I used to, but I don't any more. I suppose you might say I have an adventuresome spirit about me, or maybe just curious. Whichever, I enjoy taking different routes to wherever I am going. Of course, when you live in a small town, there are only a certain number of ways to go, but you would be surprised at how much more interesting your day can be just by a little change of scenery.
I learned many years ago that we miss so much in life by doing the samething, the same way, taking the same route, and even seeing the same people day after day and year after year. When we lived in Alabama, I drove the same street every day for many years. One day on my way out I noticed the most beautiful tree I had ever seen. I couldn't believe I had driven past that tree for so many years and never saw it! I believe that would be called looking but not seeing. From that day to now. most of the time I try to vary the routes I take.
Sometimes I even get lost! However, I have learned to not be upset when I do. As long as you're not pushed for time, you can take the time you are lost to discover new and interesting places, people, sites, and who knows what is around the next bend, or over the next hill.
Back when Collin and I used to travel quite a lot, we found many interesting places, unique buildings, and people we would have never experienced, if not for getting lost. Sometimes I think he got us lost just for the fun of it.
We were in Hawaii several years ago. One day we decided to rent a car and go site seeing. Well, of course we got lost. We wound up in, of all places, a garbage dump! You won't believe it, but they had made the place look beautiful. There was an old sofa and an old truck someone had left. Naturally we took pictures of each of us sitting on the sofa and the bed of the truck. Unless we told you, you would never know where we were. We jokingly called it our Hawaiian paradise. What wonderfull memories we have of that day all just because we got lost.
One day last week as I was on my way home, instead of coming the usual way, I came in from what I call the back side. Then I decided to make a little jog and in doing so, realized the trees are clothed in their beautiful fall wardrobe. Had I traveled the normal route, I would have seen trees, but not the groves of gorgeous color I saw by adding an extra five minutes on my way home. Plus, I was actually more relaxed when I got home.
Let me encourage you to take a little more time occasionally, take a different route; and if you get lost, enjoy it.
See ya next time in the "Korner". Well, that is if the gang at the Statesman doesn't lose me.
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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."