Friday, April 8, 2016

Alleys and Shortcuts

Alleys and Shortcuts
Alleys fascinate me. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are dark and dangerous and essentially a place for dumpsters and fire escapes. Others are wide and lovely like this one. Still others, like in the bungalows of Chicago, are where the garages and backyards are.

I have grown up predominately in the Joliet area. If there is an alley or a shortcut in Joliet or Lockport or other area communities, I know about it and often use it.

Shortcuts in life can sometimes be useful. Sometimes it can be dangerous and foolish. Sometimes it can rob you of the beauty of the "proper" route.

Alleys and shortcuts are not always bad. In this case, the alley can get me to other shops without having to go around the block. If I know what I want, this is great and efficient.

If I am new to the area, I miss the exploration and the wonder of all the unique and charming stores in the downtown area.

We all want to get to where we are going swiftly, but there are times where the journey is as much the part of the story of life as the destination. Why would we want to rush a good story? We could miss a lot.

It's kinda like sex. There is a time and a place for just getting right to it, but there is also a time for dinner and a walk hand in hand with flirtation and then unhurried foreplay to make the experience part of a larger story. There is a balance and there is a time and a place for both.

Our lives are constantly written autobiographies in real time. When you know the story you want to tell, you will know which path to choose and when.

Know when to take the long route and know when to take the alleys and the shortcuts.

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