On a recent trip to Bend, OR, my husband and I discovered that within its boundaries, you can drive (or walk/run) to the top of a 500′ tall extinct volcano known as Pilot Butte. It’s our MotD because from an aerial view, we can see that it forms a mandala…around the base and at the observation plateau at the top.
The scary part about the drive up the road is that without a side railing, the person on the passenger side of the car (namely me) has a clear (and dramatic) view of the steep drop down to street level. The super cool part about the road is that it forms a fibonacci spiral. The awesome part of the adventure is the fantastic view … on a clear day anyway … of the surrounding terrain and snow-capped mountains (Mt. Batchelor, Three Sisters, Mt. Hood).
We often think of the best way of traveling from point A to point B is a straight line. In climbing Pilot Butte, however, it’s the curved line, the spiral that works best.
To translate this into our own personal lives….sometimes the best way to attain a goal is via a curved route.