Usually when I go pick my daughter up from school I alternate between a shortcut in our neighborhood which was basically a hole in the fence of the apartment complex next to us and taking the long way around. Well the other day I went to take the shortcut and was disappointed to find out that the apartment complex had the nerve to fix their fence. Ha ha ha! I’m kidding! Sort of. I knew they would eventually fix it. I will miss my little shortcut. The next day I took the long way around to pick her up. Like I had a choice to do other wise. On my way I was listening to music on my phone and I was getting my off key singing on. Not too loud but yeah I am not a singer. Just when I was about to hit the final note of the song Home from the latest Wiz soundtrack (You all should seriously check out the live version of the Wiz that aired on NBC back in December) I looked down and saw two $5 dollar bills on the ground. I looked around to make sure no one was looking for it or anything and I picked them up. Like absolutely no one was on the sidewalk at the time. So I picked up the money. I was just in shock. I knew that if someone came looking for the money I would give it back. No one ever came looking for it. Then once I crossed the street I found $1 dollar bill. Again same situation. I took it as a blessing but I also said a prayer for whom ever lost the money. Praying that it wasn’t their last dime.
Finding this money got me to thinking about the paths we choose to take in life. Cause if I had taken the shortcut like I usually do I never would have come across the money. Instead I was forced to take the long way around. I have so many things in life that I wish would happen right now. For example I would love to lose weight quicker than I actually am. But I am learning that sometimes there is no shortcut to get the things that you want. Sometimes you have no choice but to take the long way around. Even if there is a shortcut that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should take it. I often think about the decisions I had made in my life. I wonder what would’ve have happened if I had made different choices. Like what if I had gone to college after high school. Would my family be better off financially? I have so man questions. But dwelling on my past isn’t going to get me to my future. Basically I am learning the long way around teaches you the lessons you need to learn. On that long path you may stumble but if you stay on it you will get to wherever it is that you are trying to go. So whatever your goal is just know that even though it may seem far away and you may want to quit it actually isn’t as far as it may seem.