The Meandering PathLife has ups, downs, twists, and turns. If you’re used to exploring the nooks and crannies, well, as they say, “It ain’t no big deal.” You still get the same stuff thrown at you, but the meandering path allows you to bob and weave with a little more ease than running full force toward a target as someone sticks a foot out.

Don’t get me wrong: If you see your target ahead, run for it. But if you don’t, take your time, smell some roses, take a good look around and absorb the atmosphere around you as if you could soak it into your pores. You’ll get to the finish line, perhaps a little worse for the wear, but arrive you will, muscling all that debris with you, all that dust and dirt and road grit and those roses and stories, and even with a bit of a limp that got picked up along the way.

As I was reminded this week, “In this thing called Life, no one gets out alive.”

Live accordingly.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. Her current writing projects, including her daily blog endeavor, #Project365, can be found at