When Google maps tells you: “You’ve arrived at your destination.” but you’re on a country road, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by paddocks. Only to learn that you actually drove through the ‘town centre’ a few minutes earlier, it just wasn’t what you expected, so you didn’t recognise it.
Sometimes we arrive at a destination that isn’t what we expected.
But it’s not always about the place we find ourselves in.
Sometimes it’s about the space we create,
in that place we find ourselves in.
I found a rustic looking cafe, with an unusual name.
But it was loud and noisy, pizza’s and burgers, not a cosy, quiet cafe.
Not the atmosphere I was looking for, but I was hungry for food.
So I looked at the menu, not taking a seat, while asessing my mood.
Brekky looked good, but without a suitable drink it wasn’t for me.
This lil town had less than I thought, but where else could I eat?
Am I asking too much, should I just settle for this?
Sometimes we settle for less than we want.
Sometimes we settle cos we’re scared.
Scared of not finding that which we hope for.
Scared of not seeing the right door.
Making the choice not to settle, I left and walked to the end of the road. I was standing at the crossroad, wondering which way I should go, when I remembered the ‘Folk Alley Cafe’ up on the hill. I had seen it on my way back from the ‘middle of nowhere’ after Google maps had over shot my location.
Sometimes we don’t ‘see’ any other options,
until first we say “No!”
to the ones that we already know are not quite right for us.
Sometimes the best discoveries are on the way back from that place
where we found ourselves ‘in the middle of nowhere’ . . .
So I walked up the hill . . . around the back of the general store . . . where an old woman was watering plants in an outdoor cafe area. Unsure (by the style of the door) as to if I was walking into a private residence . . . she instructed me to go on in. It was quaint, with cushions on bench seats, and chairs around tables. The music was contemporary and at a suitable level to hold a conversation, albeit I’m all by myself. With a full menu, real chai, and almond milk, it was everything I wanted and needed, and had hoped to find for my day. To think that if I had settled for the ‘pizza burger place’ I wouldn’t have gone on to find the ‘Folk Alley Cafe.’
When you don’t settle for less . . .
you’ll find the more that you hoped for,
as you venture on around the corner,
further along on the road,
up the hill.