No “PhotoShopping” here. My friend Claudia Comay took this picture on a farm about two hours north of Auckland, New Zealand in 2011. She’s the main driver and photographer in the family, often making U-turns, she says, “to capture gems much to the groans of other passengers in the car. ”
Claudia says, “I’ve gotten quite good and fast at these U-turns and my family now shouts ‘Where, where’ when I announce U-turn!!”
In life we sometimes think of U-turns as punishment for making a mistake, like making a wrong turn. (In quilting the equivalent is “un-sewing.”) It slows us down, and that’s bad.
Wouldn’t it be better to think of them as “do-overs?” Aren’t U-turns opportunities once lost and now found?
On this Valentine’s Day (or any day) slow down and purposely take a U-turn. Explore a missed opportunity. Life shouldn’t be a straight shot. Occasionally it’s a good thing to meander (hey another quilting term!) and backtrack a bit. See what you missed, and then move forward again.