“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.” 

Randy Pausch

Ever played with a Rubik’s cube? Life can feel like that – a colorful, confounding, three-dimensional puzzle. When faced with challenges, we can’t help but to twist and turn, seeking to align the colors perfectly. But each maneuver can either bring us closer to a solution, or plunge us deeper into the mess.

Take the scenario of a wrong turn on a road trip. Sure, it can feel like an unexpected detour into a puzzling labyrinth. Every unfamiliar road could lead us further astray, turning a leisurely journey into an unnerving misadventure. But, seen through a different lens, each wrong turn has the potential to reveal new landscapes, take us to unplanned adventures, or even lead us to the world’s largest ball of twine.

It’s all about how we interpret the map of our journey. We can see a set of roadblocks or an itinerary full of fascinating detours. The best part? You’re the navigator. You can perceive an unfortunate incident as a spiral downward or as a side path filled with hidden treasures. It’s as if life hands us a challenging Rubik’s cube and a road map, then tells us, “You’re in charge. Make of this what you will.”

When you’re in the driver’s seat, there’s always a way to make the journey more tumultuous. Yet, there’s also an opportunity to discover an unexplored path. Life’s like this. A Rubik’s cube in one hand, a map in the other.

The question is, will you make it more convoluted or will you discover the scenic route?

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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