Some days we are on a meandering path; there are no pressing goals or deadlines. The journey is about soaking in the sights and sounds or stepping off the beaten trail to explore.
Other days our path is determined; there are pressing goals and deadlines. We do not have the leisure of soaking in the sights and sounds; detours are a distraction. We are not exploring; we are deploying.
When life's pressures require that you find the shortest distance between two points, and someone asks "How's it going?" You may want to reply with this condensed, yet biblical response "Straight ahead and never mind the mud."