#008 | The best way out

“The best way out is always through.”


Let’s think about this. In order to get out of something—anything—you have options: you can go around, you can go under, you can go over, or you can go through it.

Those of us who suffer with the debilitating fault of impatience will attest that going through is not always the preferred way to get from point A to point B.

Now, I have a great since of direction. I know how to get home from just about any exit off any highway in DC, Maryland or Virginia. And if I find myself a little confused, on a sunny day I will just look up at the sky, and depending on where the sun is and what time it is, I know whether I’m headed north, south, east or west, and how to get back on track. And yes, I am bragging.

But, if all else fails, I have technology. Now of course I don’t fool with my phone while driving, so I pull over, figure out a route on the map (I prefer to map my own course versus using navigation), and I’m on my way.

I’m proudly sharing this skill with you, but honestly, it’s not always a good idea to be too savvy for your own good. If I’m cruising along a highway and suddenly see too many red lights up ahead, I’ll just pull right off the road (who cares what the exit is?), use my God-given navigation or the one on my phone, and I’ll find some side streets and back roads to keep me moving.

Only thing that matters is that I keep moving. I might be going three, four, five miles out of the way; ten, fifteen minutes more added onto my trip, wasting several dollars in gas money, all to avoid what might just be a one or two minute delay on the road that’s a straight shot to where I’m going if I just stay ahead and go through it.


So think about it: do you seek out back roads and side streets or some other way to get around, go under or even get over what you probably should just be going through?

Today’s assignment: Think of something that you might be avoiding going through right now, and write a few sentences highlighting the pros and the cons of just staying the course and going through it.


Today’s words are by Robert Frost, one of America’s most celebrated and critically accepted poets. Born in 1874, Frost won 4 Pulitzer prizes during his lifetime. Complications from prostate surgery claimed his life in 1963.