Happy Valentine’s Day

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.

18 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. Thanks for letting God use you to keep telling me that where I am in my life if not a bad thing…but, itstead a part of the meandering path called “life”. Blessings…and Happy Quilting ;-)….Barbara

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  2. I love the idea of a do over. That is what my life is right now. Lost my husband of almost 39 years suddenly New Year’s Eve.
    If I could just make a U-turn before he died, I’d make a few important changes and over ride the ER Doctor and have been more forceful about his care.

    Love the cow!

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  3. Love your outlook on life, Ami. My life has been filled with “explorations”, i.e., getting lost and then getting found again, and it sometimes takes some — many! — u-turns to get where I need to be…thanks to maps, GPS and a number of good friends. Hugs!

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  4. Couldn’t help but notice that this was posted at 2:45 AM. Ami, for doing so much for Alzheimer’s research and for making quilting, not only fun, but funny and even laughable, you deserve a peaceful night’s sleep with no doubts.

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  5. Happy Valentine’s Day,
    Claudia is my kind of woman. There are times I wished the hubby would make those U-turns. Missed many of them but survived. God uses those mistakes to strengthen us.

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  6. I’m also a u turn lover. My mother inlaw finds this a bit dismaying, but we’ve found some marvelous sights from WA State to Texas. Fond memories!

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  7. What a philosopher you have become!! Thanks for sharing your above thought with all of us and hope your Valentines Day was a good one!! Nan

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