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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 or fifty 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 character; we do not fight them, we manage them.
Here are five changes we can make to help make life's journey easier for us and hopefully for others.
Some Travel Problems and Suggested Appropriate Responses
Rush hour traffic
Change focus (with headlights)
Hostile fellow travelers
(1) Change Road
We may think that the road we are on is the right road for us, until we find it blocked probably without explanation. We do not own the road, so it does not make sense for us to expect that it will be always open for us. We are grateful for the times when we are privileged to use it. When it is closed, the better attitude is not to force our way through, but to consider finding an alternate route.
What if the road is intentionally closed to prevent us from damaging our car in the sinkhole up ahead? What if we missed the announcement about convicts trying to hijack passing cars? We may never know why we run into roadblocks, but we know that every time we do, we get some practice in patience and determination.
Why bother to fret and complain when we can improve our character and make progress on our journey by cheerfully changing roads?
(2) Change Speed
It seems that the day we make the effort to beat the rush hour traffic is the same day everybody else does. Instead of the smooth ride we expect by leaving early, we end up in bumper to bumper traffic behind an old retiree who is not in a hurry. When the traffic speeds up, we try to pass, but somebody else darts into our lane and cuts us off.
This is the morning to forget the rush. Sometimes when we slow down, we actually enjoy our humanity. We may:
- signal a traveler in another lane to get in front of us;
- wave to a school child and watch his or her smile;
- notice the new paint on the building we always fly by;
- encourage a fellow passenger to enjoy the change of pace.
We can also halt to make ourselves available for service in an emergency. When we slow down, we find ways to add purpose to our journey and we feel energized to continue.
(3) Change Focus
After years of traveling a fixed route, we automatically know how to get to our destination without reading the signs. It is as if a fog has covered the signposts which remind us to proceed with caution, and those which inform us of the speed limit. We no longer see them; we proceed with foggy mentalities.
Whenever the law catches up with us, we make a new resolution. We vow to remember where to turn and how fast to travel; but we forget again, run into trouble again and we make still another resolution.
Dr. Charles Wesley Knight, pastor, motivator and spiritual coach, counsels that it is better to focus on revelations than on resolutions. What did the wrong turns in the past reveal to us? What did we learn about ourselves when we overcame the last obstacle? How did it make us feel when we had to pay hard-earned money for traveling at the wrong speed? These revelations, and not the meaningless resolutions deserve our focus.
Clear understanding of these personal issues will help us, as well as those learning from us, to move forward successfully.
(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 because of 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
Fellow travelers influence our journey to the extent that we let them. We will not allow their hostility to bring out the worst in us. Their road rage feeds on their energy; not on ours.
We all have the same travel rights and our destinies have already been assigned. They cannot reap our rewards.
We will be friendly, helpful and supportive as much as we can be. We will respond courteously and gratefully to the courtesies of others. We will not throw temper tantrums when they cross into our lanes. We will proceed cautiously with love, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3: 12). We usually receive more of what we give. So, love will be our legacy.
May these travel tips help us to enjoy a safe, purposeful, productive travel!
Four Bonus Travel Insights
- "It is true that we choose our life, but it's also true that we can choose at any moment to change our path." - Unknown
- "Life is just an old time rail journey...delays, sidetracks, smoke... interspersed only by 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 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 Marab
© 2014 Dora Weithers