Knowing where to go.

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It makes me sad that the art of map reading is dying.

You see a GPS in almost every car and I don’t know anyone with a smartphone who doesn’t have a navigation app.

I have three.

My dad made sure that my brother, sister, and I were pros. We played Left-Right-Left-Right (as I’ve mentioned before) and along the way, we learned the art of navigation.

I love maps. And I can’t throw them away. It may be sacrilegious, but I saved all those old maps (and I have a lot of them) and use them as wrapping paper. At least they’re getting used, right? I know, it’s wrong. It’s wrong, right?

But that’s not the point of this post.

The point of this post is finding your way. Finding.

Tonight starts Yom Kippur.

It’s a time of reflection. A time to think about where I’ve been and where I’m going. What I’ve done well and what I can do better.

What can I do better?

I can turn off my technology and turn more attention to my family. I can be more direct. I can apologize less. And be more in tune with what my friends and family need from me. Without being told.

I can be a better, more supportive mother. (I’m pretty darn supportive, but there’s always room for improvement, no?)

I can complain less. I can try new things (metal work????) and learn things that I don’t NEED to learn. I can do more for myself to make me a happier, full-hearted person who can share more with others.

I can be a better, more engaged wife. (Woo hoo – 25 days to Jamaica with the hub!)

I can be happy more and critical less.

I can. And I will.

I’ve been blessed with a wonderful life. A little spit and polish and it’ll be even better.

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7 responses »

  1. A lovely post, Wendy. Yes, finding our way is important. Often we think that b/c we’re on a path and have a destination in mind that it’s where we should be. But those maps of days gone by do something a GPS never does and that’s give us a bigger picture. Those maps show us the road less traveled. And borrowing from Robert Frost, taking the road less traveled by sometimes does make all the difference.

    Happy travels – both on your upcoming trip and through your journey in the coming year.

  2. Agreed on the technology. I decided I’m going to make that a goal this year, too. Especially since both my kids are at parroting age. And, well… Cat’s in the cradle, right?

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