The Road to Gelidonya
Yassassin is Turkish for ‘have a long life’ this Bowie tune works really well with the following story.
There is a lighthouse at Gelidonya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey …. Allegedly! On the last day of the summer, we decided to visit it. Despite carefully planning the route on the road map; the long, rocky car ride led to a complete a dead end. Not a single lighthouse was to be seen, indeed. http://www.flickr.com/photos/canmom/4147329936/
The road to Gelidonya has since become our metaphor for getting nowhere slowly (and arduously). Sure there were flashes of fun that peppered the route – a panoramic vista, a couple of frolicking mounting goats, a dip in the sea, a picnic lunch but the rest of the ride was no more than a dusty chore.
In our working lives we are often told to have a goal or a destination to aim for. When do you decide that enough is enough and it’s time to change direction or just stop off and enjoy where you are now? Despite having a worthwhile destination this was one of those journeys where a detour off the chosen path may have been more fruitful. Moreover a change of route may have found us in the place where we wanted to be after all. Some times all the planning in the world doesn’t get you to there.
I love this quote from Jon Bon Jovi … Map out your future, but do it in pencil.
How about you? Do you have any Road to Gelidonya stories to share?