losing my way to finding it
on traffic jams and creative scams
Don’t look for short cuts. There are no short cuts.
The Book of Right Answers p. 104576
Mr. Book, we’re blowing it.
Ok Jimmy, if you’re going to be an author, you need to get me out of this cave.
Right. The last time we were in this position, editing, stringing stuff together. We went laterally. We got lost.
Right you are Jim! And last time we did it privately. This time, we’re doing it out in the open. My guess, if we go far enough on a tangent, we will find our way outta this cave.
Really? You think that?
Sure. How else could we find our way out of here. The direct route regularly isn’t the best one. You said so yourself.
That’s right. I think I have that story here somewhere…
There are at least five places where people drop children off at the local high school. Math is not my strong suit, so please don’t bother counting.
Some choose to drive on the streets past the busy intersection and deliver the goods directly in front of the school. They wait a considerable amount of time for the privilege of watching someone in high vis fashion hold an octagon with authoratah.
Others still dutifully pull into one of the two congested parking lots. Once there, they typically hold their first Zoom meeting of the day. Once in those parking lots there really is no escape. The last time I passed by, I recognized the father of a classmate of mine stuck from dropping off their daughter back in the early 90’s.
The craftier parents turn down a side street. There, they either stop near the four way on a street parallel to the schools street, or turn down at the four way and drop them at another corner in front of the school. This again results in the kind of line that causes one to wonder whether they will ever see their children again.
My daughter is capable of getting her arse to school on her on. Given that, it begs the question: What’s the drive to school for? I want to make things easier for my daughter.
At the same time, I’d like things to be easier for myself.
There’s a middle ground somewhere.
A lot of people try to create a situation where their child experiences the most ease with the shortest walk. I envy these parents. They are wired in such a way that they are capable of waiting in traffic. These freaks of nature are likely comfortable standing in line.
It’s mind blowing really. I for one need to keep moving. Oh sure, I might travel an additional hundred kilometers or so extra in the run of a week. As long as I’m moving - somewhere - anywhere I’m ok. When I’m moving, I’m fine.
This leads me to take a lot of ‘short cuts’.
My wife calls these Jim Dalling Short Cuts.
The short cuts that I take typically add both time and distance to any trip.
These short cuts are not so short at all. These short cuts do facilitate continued motion. As long as I’m moving, I can keep going.
On our daily drive to school, the traffic is in all of the typical places.
There’s a lot of traffic on the easy streets.
We went wide. We went lateral. We took creative license on our way to school.
We stretched beyond the boundaries of the known universe.
We just went one street further, away from the school. There, we found an empty street.
There’s nothing quite as lovely as an empty street. I can pull over and let my daughter out at the end of it without feeling the constant urging of traffic to keep moving. On the empty street, I feel like I have time.
Sometimes I travel a distance to find an empty street. I’m always happier when I do.
And the empty street? It really wasn’t that far off the beaten path.
What it easy street? Sorta.
Was it a short cut? Definitely. We went the long way for a short cut of peace and quiet.
So, look for short cuts. Don’t expect them to get you to your destination any quicker though. Enjoy them for what they bring: The joy of forward motion and an opportunity for a new discovery.
When you arrive, who knows what peace you’ll find.
Creativity like this is always available for us. Whether at work, in starting a business or in our primary relationships, it’s frequently rewarding to search for an empty road.
Easy street, it’s only a block further, but perhaps, it’s closer than you think.
The Remarkable Foolsletter, September 13, 2021
See, you said it your self Mr. Author. When in doubt, go lateral. Look for a shortcut. They may take longer and send you further. That’s ok. Keep moving. You’ll get there.