Constant course correction on any type of journey is a must. Why? Because of changing circumstances; in the London example — a change in the direction of the road. But it's not just the east, north or south of the road that dictates the behavior of the driver; even a slight change in the level of the road requires a correction at the steering wheel. The slightest of breezes across the path of the vehicle can cause a major shift in direction. Anyone who's ever flown across the continent may remember that a head or tail wind will lengthen or shorten your trip, because of resistance or assistance caused by the wind.
One of the greatest illusions common to man is that we believe we have absolute control over our course through life. What I mean by that is that we have a goal, that's what we want, and that's where we're headed — everybody get out of the way. But things rarely turn out the way we planned; it's just the way life goes. I often tell people the last time I felt I had a pretty good grip on life was the day before my oldest child started walking. Since then life has been pretty much how I imagined life with children would be: a long series of unexpected events. There is no across-the-board handbook for parenthood. We pray for wisdom, patience and a decent portion of good health, and then we launch out day by day.
The bottom line: we go through life constantly navigating either around some phenomenon or toward one. The people we meet act like the breezes, always affecting our path, always causing us to make a decision; sometimes a correction; sometimes not. The people we love — and the people we don't — make our path to be winding … or not so, and there really is nothing we can do about that. Perhaps it would be well for us to realize that as much as people have an effect on us, we also have an effect on them. We apply the Balm of Blessing or the Balm of Pain simply by our very existence in the life of another.
If, by some fortunate set of circumstances, you find yourself living a charmed life, and you have everything you need and more, do take time to look around and see if there is some poor wretch who might benefit from your outstretched hand of offering. If your situations were to be reversed would you not be praying for some generous soul like you to step into your life?
And never, under any circumstances, underestimate your influence.
Just my take on it ….