There's an excellent country song by Rascal Flatts titled "Bless the Broken Road". It tells the story of lost love and how sometimes what you desperately want doesn't work out only to lead to something better down the road.
I think many of us have faced situations like that, whether it was in love, work or other things that may have been disappointing to us. It's the old "When one door closes..." scenario.
I'm a strong believer in fate (or divine intervention or whatever phrase you use to describe this very thing). I believe that everything happens for a reason and sometimes those reasons aren't immediately apparent but they will show themselves in time.
How many of us wonder what would have happened if....(fill in your alternate path here)? There have been times in my life when I've wondered why I've been sent down certain paths. And, then I turn it around and think...WOW! If my mother hadn't moved from New York to Houston...if I hadn't left college when I did and moved down here a year after she did...if I had stayed with my radio career...if I had forced a relationship or two (even though I knew they weren't quite right)...if...if...if...
I look at my path which seems to have bounced around mightily and I think that if I had just made one different choice I wouldn't have my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, my career as a Graphic Designer or the very many blessings that I have.
I'm certain that my life has turned out to be exactly how it was meant to be. Easy? No. Frustrating sometimes? Definitely. But blessed. So, I smile when I hear the song "Bless the Broken Road". If it had been out in 1992 when I got married, it probably would have been my wedding song. It makes me smile because I am where I am BECAUSE of the Broken Roads I have taken. Not in spite of them. Of course, when I was faced with those broken roads and disappointments all those years ago, I wondered why. Now I know. And, that's why I smile.