“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Imagine life as a massive, intricate roadmap. Each of us, travelers with unique destinations in mind. Our quest? Happiness, fulfillment. But here’s the kicker—there’s no single route to get there. Some of us are cruising down the highway at breakneck speed, others are meandering the back roads. Different roads, different pace, different view.

Now, let’s talk about perception. When you see someone straying from the path you know, it’s tempting to think they’re lost. But, what if they’re not lost, but exploring? What if they’ve found a road that suits them better than the busy highways? Remember, everyone is on their own journey.

So, before we question their direction, we should ask ourselves, “Have they really gotten lost, or have they simply found a different path?” Don’t mistake difference for disorientation. Their road might not be yours, but that doesn’t make it wrong.

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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