Change in direction

Bwahahahah! I bet you thought this was going to be one of those deep, thought-provoking posts about life.

Nope, it’s much more superficial than that today.

Recently, I was in search of new scenery while walking over my lunch break at work. So, I took a right turn and headed up a parkway off the main road. It’s a road the developers haven’t totally destroyed yet with shopping centers and apartments….or the local heiress owns most of the land and is waiting to sell it for a pretty penny down the road. Not sure which one it is, but for now, it’s a relatively quiet walk.


In any case, during most of my walk, I kept hearing Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi song playing in my head;

They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot


It always amazes me how some people think the outdoors is their own personal trash can, or recycling center…which coincidentally is not too far up the road on this street.


And while I can almost imagine the story behind a shoe in the middle of the road, I can’t really come up with a good explanation why there’s only ONE shoe in the grass, on the inside of a sidewalk. If you were walking/running and lost your shoe, wouldn’t you just stop and put it back on? Just sayin’.


Now, I’m first to recognize artistic talent, and have been known to marvel at graffiti when it’s worthy. But if one has absolutely no talent, it would be best to leave the can of spray paint to the professionals.


Don’t you wonder what on earth city planners are thinking when they decide to pour sidewalks? Hmmmm…..Let’s pour the concrete in separate squares so weeds can grow up between the seams. Yes, that’ll be attractive. Brilliant.

SFPkwy-tree horiz

Now, this is what I’m talkin’ about. Wouldn’t you just love to hang out under this magnificent pin oak tree all afternoon with a book, blanket and a bottle of wine? Glass optional.

SFPkwy-tree vert

I thought this tree was pretty magnificent too.

Okay, I’ll close with a little directional, deep-thought stuff for the day.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
~Henry David Thoreau

Whatever direction you choose, hope you enjoy the scenery along the way.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
~Jim Rohn


11 thoughts on “Change in direction

  1. I saw the title of the post and panicked!! Where were you going??? And you clearly know your audience 🙂 LOVE the tree …..looks like the perfect spot for a Peanut picnic!!


  2. Yes, when I saw your post title I thought that perhaps you were changing directions with your blog or job! Yup…you got me, Lisa!

    Lovely photos! I especially loved the one of the grass growing between the sidewalk cracks. And not only the photo itself, but I found it so symbolic of how it represents how ‘we’ grow through the challenges of life that might seem to block us at first.

    “You cannot change your des­ti­na­tion overnight, but you can change your direc­tion overnight.
    ~Jim Rohn”

    Awesome quote!

    Thanks for sharing, my friend, and have a terrific day!



  3. During one of Tyler’s (oldest son) landscape arch. class the professor said that developments are almost always named after whatever was moved/destroyed/replaced which is why we have so many ‘Running Deer’, ‘Oak Meadow’, ‘Trail Ridge’ etc. etc. areas. I always think of that when I drive past a housing or shopping development and see the name.


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