The Long Road to the Fast Track

Sometimes we have to take the long way around things to get results faster. I know that sounds crazy and perhaps you have a better way than I do. All I know is intuition is my guide and has led me to unimaginable places.

You know the feeling when you are about to do something? The original intention is to do A, but B happens instead. And it’s a good thing B happens because A just wasn’t in the cards for you from the very beginning. And somehow you know it — deep down — but you keep on Track A, thinking maybe your gut feeling is wrong after all. Only it isn’t.

It never is.

Let’s look at an example: package delivery. Most logistics companies are awfully busy and they assume you are not. So they give you delivery times that span the entire day.

“You will get your long-awaited package between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Have a nice day!”

If there is one thing I despise in this world, it is the feeling of being caged or locked down, unable to move freely and being placed in a space of endless waiting.

As if I had all day to wait for a rushing delivery guy to ring my doorbell. So I made an online request that they keep the package for me to pick up personally. I mean they offered that option. I gladly took it.

Today I got into my car. I drove 30 KM (that’s 18.64111 miles for you North American folks). I somehow knew when I got to my destination that there’d be a glitch. But I felt like getting out of the house anyway so I ignored my inner voice, (the one that really shouts at me now), and learned that my package had erroneously been placed in the van. It was now in transit. To my house. To arrive some time today.

The silver lining in all of this is that I got the guy to abbreviate the window of possible delivery to just three hours. I got my cake and get to eat it too.

I love it when stuff like that happens.

To a third-party observer it would appear I didn’t really get what I wanted. And I didn’t. I didn’t get my package. At least not yet. But what I did get was a chance to leave my home office, motor along a beautiful road and free up my entire day until 3 p.m. with the knowledge that if they screw up again, they’ll owe me.

I have faith they will keep their word. And I’ve made a friend at the delivery station for another time.

Life may not work out the way you want it to, but thank goodness for that. There is so much more adventure to be had when you take the long road. And the scenery? Well, that goes without saying.


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