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Travel Tips to Make Life's Journey Easier

Updated on October 31, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and Certified Christian Counselor, explores attitudes and actions that can help us maintain our mental well-being.

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

Suggested Response
Road block
Change road
Rush hour traffic
Change speed
Low fog
Change focus (with headlights)
Wrong way
Change direction
Hostile fellow travelers
Change attitude
We may need to make just one change; or we may need make other changes not mentioned here. Hopefully, all will be inspired to make the right change.

(1) Change Road

Photo by Richard Webb
Photo by Richard Webb | Source

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

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

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

Photo by Dan TD
Photo by Dan TD | 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 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


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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Cynthia Taggart 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      L.M. Hosler 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Romeos Quill 4 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,


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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Ronald E Franklin 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      mts1098 4 years ago

      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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      Frank Atanacio 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Faith Reaper 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      sheilamyers 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Denise W Anderson 4 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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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

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

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      manatita44 4 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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      William Kovacic 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      John Hansen 4 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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      Eric Dierker 4 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