Vail Daily column: Wrong turns, but right direction |

Vail Daily column: Wrong turns, but right direction

During a business trip this past week, my associates and I found ourselves in North Carolina and relying heavily on GPS for directions. With today’s technology, it’s almost impossible to get lost.

As we were returning to the hotel from our meeting, admittedly only one exit from our destination, we began discussing golf. We were distracted just enough to miss our exit, and the next sound we heard was, “recalculating route.”

Our instruction was to take the next left turn and make a U-turn onto the highway back towards the previous exit. As we made the transition into the left lane and waited for an opportunity to merge into traffic, we all looked ahead and noticed a sign for the Billy Graham Library.

My associate and friend John, who was driving, looked around the car and asked if we should check it out. A unanimous “yes” rose above the “recalculating route” message as we drove into the parking lot of the library.

We were busy, traveling from city to city and in a rush to get back to the hotel to do more work. Our missed exit slowed us down enough for an unscheduled detour to spend time in one of the most peaceful, inspiring places any of us has ever experienced.

As I share this story with you, I am reminded of similar situations where I unintentionally found myself on the road less traveled and it ended up being the absolute right destination at that moment in my life. You know what I mean don’t you? We try and map our routes in life to keep up with the rush of the world around us. And then, just when we think we have it figured out, we miss our exit but wonderfully find ourselves exactly where we need to be.

Do you need a peaceful, inspiring place? Are you open to taking a “wrong turn” that may lead you there? I would love to hear about it at, and when you miss that next exit, it might be a better than good week.

Michael Norton writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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