It would be nice if there was a straight path between our goals and their achievement.

No dramas.

A clear course of action.

Zero obstacles.

Satisfaction guaranteed.

Of course, life rarely works like that.

The path is squiggly.

It’s often uphill.

There are seemingly unnecessary detours.

There are frustrations and potholes along the way.

We look at the journey of others and assume that their path was straight.

It probably wasn’t.

We look at our own lives and wish that the journey was smooth.

It probably won’t be.

That’s OK.

Embrace the crooked road.

Take the detour.

Overcome the obstacle.

Wait for the fog to clear.

Persist through the difficult times.

I suspect that without the challenge, the achievement wouldn’t be as sweet or fulfilling.