Travel Tips to Make Life's Journey Easier
There is no starting over on the journey of life. We do not have the time to retrace thirty, fifty or seventy years of travel; but there are ways to make travel easier as we keep moving forward.
It helps to realize that the travel problems we face on the journey of life are not directed against us personally. Some travel problems on the city highway are just part of travel maintenance by the Department of Transportation; they are necessary, and we usually find a way around them. Just so, some obstacles on life's highway are essential to the improvement of our maneuvering skills.
Here are five changes we can make to help make life's journey easier for us and hopefully for others.
Some Traffic Problems and Suggested Appropriate Responses
Rush hour traffic
Change focus (low beam lights)
Change attitude to fellow travelers
(1) Change Lanes
Changing lanes is less drastic than changing direction, and serves an entirely differently purpose. We do not have to make the U-turn and get onto to another road every time some driver positions himself in front of us. The road we are on may be right for us, but other people block our thru-way passage while they make their way to their destination. We share the road; we don't own it, so we let them be and simply change our lane.
We get an opportunity to practice tolerance. At the same time, we maintain our peace of mind on life's pathway as on the asphalt roadway. Changing lanes has some benefits:
- We get to move out from behind extra-large loads which threaten our view;
- We overtake those who are traveling dangerously slow.
- We prove that we have the capability of moving faster than our obstacles.
When we maneuver our way out of the obstacle area, we lessen the danger in our space. Why bother to fret and complain when we can enhance our journey by simply changing lanes?
(2) Change Speed
When the traffic is busy, we are more cautious. We speed up and slow down as the traffic allows. If the traffic ever stops moving we discover that there is much to admire. We get close-up looks at vehicle models we've only seen in advertisements. We notice new paint on that building we always fly past. When we decrease our speed, we may even engage in humane acts with passengers in the next lane:
- Wave to a child and watch him or her smile at us;
- Take photos for someone we know would appreciate them.
If traffic comes to halt, we may even find time to:
- Listen to fellow travelers share their journey;
- Warn fellow travelers of hazards on the path.
We can also halt to make ourselves available for service in an emergency. When we serve, we add purpose to our journey and we feel energized to continue.
(3) Change Focus
After years and years of failed resolutions, we still think that another resolution is what we need to help improve travel on the journey of life. Resolutions are the highways signs which we set up to dictate what route to take and how fast to travel; but sometimes tiredness, disappointments, and lack of resources spin a fog over them. We may even forget that they're there.
Dr. Charles Wesley Knight, pastor, motivator and spiritual coach, counsels that it is better to focus on revelations than on resolutions. New revelations might motivate us to seek clarity.
In mediation and prayer, divine revelations provide the answers to questions like “Why am I here?” and “Where do I need to be?” Clear understanding of these personal issues will make it easier for us to move ahead.
(4) Change Direction
If we are going in the right direction, our journey on the highway of life takes us toward the fulfillment of our God-given purpose. We have a sense of where we are heading, and we appreciate the lessons we learn from the obstacles and delays along the way.
It is time to change direction when we are confused about where we are, and the ride becomes purposeless. Any of the following reasons may frustrate us:
- Losing sight of our purpose, or losing our passion to pursue it
- Subscribing to the purpose someone else prescribes for us
- Distraction by our self-indulgence
Be careful not to change directions just because forging ahead takes some extra effort. Change directions only as a result of divine guidance.
(5) Change Attitude
Quotable Travel Tips
"It is true that we choose our life, bit it's also true that we can choose at any moment to change our path." - Unknown
“Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke ... interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” - Jenkin Lloyd Jones
"The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place." - Barbara De Angelis
"The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too." - Saint Teresa of Avila
"It's funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope." - Steve Maraboli
Fellow travelers influence our journey to the extent that we let them. We can react to them with our best or with our worst. It is not difficult to figure out which reaction will make it easier for us to enjoy our journey.
We cannot always find a solitary path, and we cannot control who our companions on the road would be. It is safe to adopt the attitude that they have the same travel rights as we have.
We will be friendly, helpful and supportive when we are allowed to be. We will able respond courteously and gratefully to the courtesies of others.
At the same, we will not throw temper tantrums when some disappoint us. We will proceed cautiously.
If we find ourselves reacting with tit for tat, with a competitive spirit, or with intentions to interrupt their journey, it is time to change our reaction. It is wise to interact with love, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3: 12). We usually receive more of what we give. Let love be our legacy.
May these travel tips help you to enjoy a safe, purposeful, productive travel!
© 2014 Dora Isaac Weithers
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