I had a moment recently. I was stuck in traffic and my in-car GPS system was issuing ever increasing traffic time predictions (along with unsolicited re-routings along side streets riddled with stop signs). It was swiftly becoming clear that it would be at least two hours before I finished my 20 mile journey home.
So what did I do? Did I make my peace? No. I turned on the GPS on my cell phone hoping for better news. Although usually more reliable than my in-car system, my cell phone GPS issued very different travel advice (but equally unpalatable ETA predictions.)
I was hungry, thirsty, and unprepared for such a long trip. I wanted to be home already. The dueling TomToms only added to my discomfort.
Perhaps due to the confusion of pledging allegiance to two masters with different advice, I exited the highway and came to a gas station. All the sudden it hit me – it was just going to take a long time to get home. Trying to pick the “best” route was making me crazy, so I turned off one TomTom, bought a few snacks and settled in for my two hour commute.
My takeaway was that while one often has the choice of a few good routes at the start of any endeavor, the highest dividends are often paid to those who commit to and intentionally delight in a single well-chosen route.