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.

City Traffic by Scott Meltzer
City Traffic by Scott Meltzer | Source

Some Traffic Problems and Suggested Appropriate Responses

Problem
Suggested Response
Road block
Change lane
Rush hour traffic
Change speed
Low fog
Change focus (low beam lights)
Wrong way
Change direction
Fussy drivers
Change attitude to fellow travelers
Some of us may need to make just one change; some may need to make changes not mentioned here. Hopefully, all will be inspired to make the right change.

(1) Change Lanes

"Roadblock" by Max Ronnersjö during roadworks at Hisingen, Sweden, 2013
"Roadblock" by Max Ronnersjö during roadworks at Hisingen, Sweden, 2013 | Source

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

Paul Brennan little paul
Paul Brennan little paul | Source

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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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A perfect year beginning hub. (voted up and across the board and shared, yes our human condition gave us a "funny" also)

This might be on par with the prayer of St. Francis


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This is a wonderful hub MsDora, and is especially meaningful to me at the present time. The last few paragraphs in particular, I really need to change lanes. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, you are very kind. Thank you for your kind comment. The article is great for me too, in that it gives suggestions I need to apply.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Jodah. Focus on what you need to do, and get it done. We all want to improve our journey in 2014. Thank you for sharing, and be careful.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a very clever metaphor with a powerful message. Well done, Dora. This is some of your best writing to date.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi MsDora,

Thanks for a bunch of practical stuff. It really brings things into focus. thanks for a clear hub that can be applied especially with the New Year.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Excellent piece and well thought out. Use of life's examples to illustrate your points are superb!! Either improved writing or perhaps it suited this particular piece.

Lovely and wholesome thoughts on changing one's angle of vision for self-improvement


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Billy, an affirmation from you means the world to me. thank you for your encouragement.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lifegate, Happy New Year. Happy that the find the article appropriate. Thank you for your comment.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, thank you for your encourage throughout 2013, and now at the beginning of 2014. I appreciate your kind comments.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Great metaphor MsDora. A great devotional for the New Year.


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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

You have a great way of putting things into words! I like this metaphor. It makes perfect sense, and gave me insight on what I can do to make my life better. Oftentimes, I opt for the drastic change when all I really need to do is switch lanes!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lori, I find it useful too. Thanks for acknowledging it. Happy New Year!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, Happy New Year. Thanks for your continuing support, and all the best changing lanes.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Not only do I appreciate the style and flair of this hub, I appreciate the reminder that life is a journey. I think the hardest one to follow is changing direction. We often get to feeling that we know exactly which way we must go and, when someone or something becomes a roadblock, we give up too easily.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sheila, thank you for your input. I can relate to the difficulty of changing direction, but that is required, the sooner we do it, the better.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Very clever write MsDora! I love the use of metaphors here for our journey in life. When we get stuck in a rut and we have a fear of change, that is not good, especially being when we know we need to make a change! Fear is crippling and I think it keeps most people on that same old path of not moving forward, but it should really motivate change.

Excellent hub to start the New Year off! Up and more and sharing

Blessings to you for a New Year filled with many new blessings and much love,

Faith Reaper


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, New Year blessings to you also. Fear of change could cause big delays in our journey. Thanks for your input.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

MsDora I like this entire concept: There is no starting over on the journey of life. Time is too short to retrace thirty, fifty or seventy years of travel. We cannot start over, but there are ways to improve travel while we keep moving forward.. ( yeah I like how you start this and where you took it.. )


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mts1098 2 years ago from InsideTheManCave

MsDora you hit this one on the head - to parallel a life journey with a traveling in life - both a mental and physical balance in this work of art. I think you are correct in your "Make Changes" summary and someone may inquire on which is the correct path. You and I both know that the correct path is different for everyone and we are guided by faith and instinct that the choices we make are right for us. Well done - cheers


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Frank, you're such an encouragement to me. Thank you for your kind comments.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

MTs, I hope that other readers will read your comment. Your observation is worthy of note. Thank you very much for your input.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome hub with such meaningful thoughts. It is so true and you said it perfectly.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, thanks for commenting. It is true that life is a journey; it is also a challenge.


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I really like your emphasis on our "fellow travelers." The particular people who surround us are not there by accident. Each represents a unique opportunity to help one another on this journey of life, rather than just focusing on what we can get for ourselves. That cannot be said too often or too emphatically. Thanks!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ron, thanks for underscoring the importance of concern for our fellow travelers. We influence each other's journey. Happy travel to you during 2014!


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

As we grow older, changing speed is an important consideration. Happy travelling to you in 2014.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Blossom, thanks for adding your wisdom. Happy traveling to you, too.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

A Happy New Year to you MsDora!

A very instructional Hub on how to deal with those blights which attempt to deviate one from their journey of faith.

Once we let go of all of our preconceived notions and ideas of what we expect life to be like, it seems that then, is when we can really see how it's reality actually is; beautiful, painful, difficult and joyous, and how the race is really against ourself. To conqueor one's self is a mighty victory indeed, and if everyone resolved to help their neighbour, then no one would be without that help, in accordance with the revelation of remaining true to one's own level of consciousness.

I read this excerpt, which seemed pertinent to your thought-inducing article:-

" Obedience is the road to freedom, humility, the road to pleasure; unity, the road to personality. " ' The Weight of Glory ' - C.S.Lewis

Thank you for a fascinating piece.

Yours Sincerely,

R.Q.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Romeos, for the profound insights you share in this comment. I will copy the C. S. Lewis quotes onto my list of favorites. Thank you, and a glorious New Year to you!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I really like your analogy here and the way you play it out. I gained much from reading this. Pinning, voted up+++ and more. What a great message, and this is so appropriate as we start a fresh new year.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Flourish, thank you for your encouragement. I'm glad you gained from it. Happy traveling in the New Year!


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L.M. Hosler 2 years ago

Another wonderful hub I can relate to. I think I am finally going in the right direction and have slowed down. I love how you compare the highway we drive on with the journey of life.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, LM. It's a great feeling when you know that you are where you ought to be. I'm happy for you.


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cynthtggt 2 years ago from New York, NY

Beautiful hub, Ms. Dora. So true, and when we see how our lives shaped us we appreciate our uniqueness all the more. I really identify with all you said here and you presented it so well, the pictures, the video. Wonderful. Sharing!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Cynthtggt, glad that you liked the article and pictures. On this journey of life, we have more in common than we think.

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