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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wrong Turns

Wrong turns even when well intended need to be righted or at least understood.

It is less likely to take those wrong turns, if you travel with others.

We create road signs, maps, and directions to guide each other in good ways. It's good to be mindful of those guides.

Sometimes, it's true, that the maps may be mistaken, and the wrong turn is actually the right way to travel. That depends on the situation.

When we or another gets lost, it's best to assess the situation and get back on track.

Lately one I know took a wrong turn in the road.

I'm not sure if the turn was well intended or not, but nevertheless, it appears the individual traveled a wrong turn, and the wrong turn may have impacted others with disrespect and time consuming effort. The wrong turn took a well established situation and created havoc and confusion.

What are the next steps?

First, it's important to understand the facts. What really happened? How did this turn affect others, and what is its effect on future related events?

Then, what are the next steps? Can this happen again, and if it does, will it be harmful? What impact would repeating this wrong turn have on others now and in the future?

I've seen students take "wrong turns." Typically these are small in nature and quickly remedied, but nevertheless, important to discuss and point out why the path could lead to greater harm or consequence for the child or others.

Similarly, we have all erred at one time or another. None of us are without our "wrong turns," and the key is to look deeply at what happened and why, make amends, and not repeat the event. Onward.