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fateful detours

“The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings.”

I first came across the above quote during my adolescent introduction to Carl Jung, and almost thirty years later it remains a cherished sentiment.  Does it speak to my fatalist tendencies? Maybe. But I’d rather believe that it provides me the leeway to try new paths without an incapacitating fear of failure. Anxieties abound when taking a new step forward - especially when accompanied by an uncertainty as to whether there’s sturdy enough ground beneath us. But if we focus on the probability of lessons learned, regardless of our successes or challenges, then doesn’t that soften the blow of possibly falling too hard?

These are the thoughts running through my head as I embark upon a new journey. 

Welcome detour.