The Parable of Going the Wrong Way the Right Way

Living a blessed life is being able to go the wrong way the right way. Who of these travelers is living a blessed life?

A traveler realizing she is going the wrong way, and will be very late for her meeting, panics and makes the next right off the highway deciding to take local roads to her destination. She knows where she is, and she knows she has to change direction, but she is not sure which way to turn next. She makes a right turn at the next intersection, and starts looking for a familiar landmark. After several minutes, she realizes that she is still going the wrong way, that she is very lost, and that she will miss the entire meeting.

Another traveler realizing he is going the wrong way, and will be very late for his meeting, decides to take the next exit that lets him make a U-turn. Unfortunately, that was three exits down the road and it takes him many miles in the wrong direction before he can turnaround. Finally, he reverses his course and circles back to where he was at the beginning of his journey.  Unfortunately going back took a long time and there is no way he will make the meeting.

Yet another traveler realizing she is going the wrong way, and will be very late for her meeting, remains calm and resolves to take this way despite that it is a long way in. She knows that she is going way out of the way and that she will be late. However, she knows that her presence is important to the group and that they would rather have her come in late than not at all. So, she continues on the wrong way recognizing that it is, at least, a way.

The final traveler realizing he is going the wrong way, and will be very late for his meeting, tries to make up for lost time and put the “pedal to the metal”. He speeds up, significantly exceeding the speed limit, and gets pulled over by a trooper for not only speeding but reckless driving. Regrettably, being stopped makes him even more hopelessly late and he will miss the entire meeting.

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