Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Living Life is a Lot Like Traveling on a Highway

On the first Tuesday of January last year, I wrote a post comparing a "new year" to a highway stretching out before us. Click here to read that article: A New Year - A New Road to Travel.

Highway viewed from the windshield of a car

It is funny how a person can write something, and a year later sees it with completely fresh eyes. I just reread the "travel advice" I offered here that day, and I am actually a little surprised by my own wisdom! Living life really is a lot like traveling on a highway. I think this year I will focus even more on "varying the route" and I would also add one more observation to my list:

  • Be careful not to envy other vehicles on the road. 
Automobiles (like bodies, salaries, houses, opportunities, and so forth) come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and conditions. When well-cared for, however, most of them run just about the same. Even when a different model is not within our means, comparing our own to others does us no good. Our energy is better spent improving and appreciating what is ours, than letting envy and jealousy undermine our own confidence and efforts.
I am happy to say that overall I am "glad I went the way I did" last year - and I am looking forward to where the highway leads this year. 

I hope your travel route is smooth and scenic!

Have you planned your route? Are you willing to explore some detours?

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13 comments :

  1. I think at this stage in the game, I am just planning for the winding road and hoping to enjoy the journey =)

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  2. I have long prefered the winding route, and the detours. And no longer ask (or care) whether we are there yet.

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  3. I like your last year's "Keep the right frame of mind." That is so important. And so is choosing the right companions for the journey.
    The way my life is, I know I'll be dealt one heck of a lot of detours this year. I look forward to seeing them unfold.

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    1. Kelly - I know that you face detours head-on, and you have an infinite amount of strength. I hope the coming year is full of more blessings than challenges though.

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  4. I know that I have many detours coming up this year - I'm trying to accept and embrace them with a good attitude!

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    1. And I know that you will do so with both strength and courage, Lana!

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  5. I never plan my route.....I just go where the wind blows me. (keeping a sharp eye out for garbage bins of course)

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    1. I hope the wind blows in all the right directions then!

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  6. I already knew how wise you are haha!

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  7. Can't wait to see what detours and side-steps life leads you to.

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