Detour Doesn't Mean Delay!
You have a plan. You know exactly what you want in life and you've mapped out the route to get you there. Everything's moving along just fine until one day you notice that you've been diverted from the direct route to your destination! Before you start freaking out, take a very close look at what's happening. It may be that this detour is the quickest way to get where you want to go. The detour may be getting you around a roadblock!
Whatever your goal or dream may be, there will be knowledge, skills and experiences you will need in order to make it a reality. When you begin your journey, you'll probably not be fully equipped with all you'll need to complete it so you'll have to pick some things up along the way. In other words, you may have to take a little detour now and then.
Detour Doesn't Mean Distraction!
When you first hear the word "Detour" it kind of brings with it a negative feeling doesn't it? It's a feeling that you're about to be taken off course or significantly delayed. This isn't necessarily the case. When you're driving down the interstate at 70mph and you come upon a construction zone and find yourself at a complete stop in bumper to bumper traffic for as far as the eye can see, you'll be more than happy to take the detour around it, right? Why is that? Because it is the quickest way to get where you want to go!
Here's another example. Your moving on down the highway and you notice your fuel gauge is resting on the big "E". You don't want to leave the interstate because after all, you're making good time. If you don't detour off and refuel, you'll soon be setting on the side of the road making no time at all! Just as you must leave the main route to get fuel for your car, there are times in life when you must detour from your path so that you can acquire some skill, knowledge or experience that will actually get you to your goal quicker than if you had bypassed the detour.
A detour will eventually lead you right back to the main road. If you see that you are continually getting further and further away, then it may be that you followed a distraction instead of a detour!
Detour Doesn't Mean Deviation!
It's easy to view any deviation from your carefully planned route as a delay or as something that is taking you away from your dream, but that isn't necessarily the case. Keep in mind that with any journey you undertake, you won't be able to "pack" everything you'll need and you must be prepared to "pick some things up" along the way.
Please share your experiences with "detours" that actually turned out to be a very good thing!