Years ago I used to travel with work three weeks of almost every month. I flew into and drove through almost every state except Alaska, Maine and Hawaii. The rental cars were charging extra for the GPS and my employer seldom got a rental car with one. It was printed directions from google maps or a similar program. My favorite saying was no trip was complete without at least one U-turn.
My husband swears that I have no sense of direction, and at some point in almost every trip I would get lost. Sometimes I thought I must have driven too far and would turn around, only to find the destination had been just a little further down the road. Other times I would drive around in circles. Did you know that in some places in New Jersey they don't allow left hand turns? You have to do this weird three right turns so that you are on the street which crosses the intersection to the address you are looking for. It once took me 20 minutes to figure out what the directions were telling me to do.
So I have experience both literally and metaphysically with turning around because I am going in the wrong direction. The most interesting thing about it though, is how do you know when this is the wrong direction? How do you tell that it is time to turn around, because you will not be able to get to your destination on the road that you are traveling on? How do you know that you don't just need to drive a little further down the road?
The first thing that I had to do on my actual road trips was quit stressing about being late; about being lost; and just stop and get my bearings. When I stopped stressing and looked at the directions calmly I would usually see where I went the wrong way or what I misunderstood. Sometimes I had to humble myself and call the place I was trying to get to and ask for directions. Sometimes there was a nearby gas station to give me directions. The same is true on the metaphysical level.
When you get grounded, release the stress, and get into that calm place - you can get your bearings. You just need to breathe, trust and let go. This gives your inner compass a chance to get your bearings and stop spinning wildly in circles. Your true north will always draw you to it.
Sometimes the issue isn't that your lost. It is that you are living a life of holding your potential in check. You need to be brave and unleash the potential to start moving. We want to claim we are lost, so that we don't run the risk of failure. By quitting we are playing it safe.
The truth is that whether we stay put or move forward, there is a price that is being paid. Since we are already paying for being stuck in place, why not go ahead and pay the price of moving forward - why not "RELEASE THE KRAKEN" and move forward?
Being lost is just a nuisance. There is no discovery unless we release the potential, because the potential is what reveals our values, our purpose, and it is part of the souls journey. So put on the backpack, grab the walking stick, partner with a trustworthy friend and get going. Risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight and discover what your human spirit is all about.