Feel Good Friday: Put Down the Map

Feel Good Friday: Put Down the Map

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Feel Good Friday is a new series I’m starting to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!

Put down the map and get wonderfully lost

Sometimes I wonder: If life came with a map, would I take it?

Sure, I’d be aware of all the twists and turns up ahead, of every detour and dead end I would face.

I’d probably clutch that map with such an iron grip that I’d never veer off the path. I’d never have to fear the unknown.

But in exchange, I’d never have the opportunity to explore, to discover, to take a side trail just to see the sights.

I’d never have the chance to get wonderfully lostTweet this!

This weekend, let’s not be afraid to put down the map.

Have you ever gotten lost—literally or metaphorically? How did you find your way?

image via Randi Hausken


  1. Christine Carter
    May 23, 2014 @ 13:05:21

    The map would certainly be confining, wouldn’t it? Perhaps there is safety in predictability- but no wonder in wandering comes from that. 🙂


  2. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    May 23, 2014 @ 18:30:55

    I think we need to wander a little. Life would get boring if it was always predictable, wouldn’t it?


  3. tamaralikecamera
    May 23, 2014 @ 22:35:59

    I’ve definitely been lost metaphorically! And literally too. Sometimes I like it but as long as I somewhat know how to get back. These days we have GPS built into our phones and as long as there’s a signal, we can get back.
    When I was learning to drive, I’d get lost on purpose with my friend. We’d always say we’d never do that again, and then we would!


  4. another jennifer
    May 24, 2014 @ 21:21:03

    My boys have a Maine state park passport book. The goal is to get stamps from all 48 parks in the state. We were looking for one today and the GPS wanted us to take a weird turn onto a private dirt road (not unusual in Maine!). As I was driving and noting that I wasn’t sure where to go, my oldest son said that his favorite part of these type of trips was the adventure. Even if we didn’t find the park, we had a nice drive and a fun time. In the end, we did find the park. I couldn’t help but think what a great perspective he had!


    • Katie
      May 25, 2014 @ 06:57:39

      He’s got a good head on his shoulders, for sure!


  5. Abigail McDonald
    May 25, 2014 @ 11:13:08

    Yes! After two weeks of strep and other sickness making its rounds through my family, I need to do this. I’m liking the looks of this new series, Katie!


    • Katie
      May 26, 2014 @ 08:59:38

      I hope everyone is feeling healthy again soon, Abby!


  6. Wendy @ New Moms Talk
    May 25, 2014 @ 16:13:45

    As a USN navigator’s daughter, I was taught stars and constellations. I learned map skills as soon as I could understand them. My sister and I routed the journeys from point to point on trips. It was an honor to sit shot gun (when kids could…) and it meant constantly being alert.

    Yet, some days, for this girl whose given name means “wanderer,” sometimes it’s nice to let go. To feel. To flow. I’m actually craving that today. A lingering walk on the beach.. just listening to my feet, the waves, the air. Maybe it’ll be a few feet. Maybe it’ll be a smiling mile. Who knows?

    Maybe the rain will hold off and it’ll happen… I’ll follow the shells, play a little “crunch crunch,” and observe. Camera in hand or not. Just living.


    • Katie
      May 26, 2014 @ 08:59:09

      So beautiful, Wendy. Your words have me on that beach as well, just cultivating presence and awareness and soaking it all in.


  7. Rabia Lieber
    May 28, 2014 @ 13:03:12

    I would love to just get lost every once in a while. It makes my husband very anxious, but I totally love just winging it sometimes!!


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