Detours

Detours: rerouting, getting off course, changing plans, different course of action

 Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar

 When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Barbara Bush

 So many roads. So many detours. So many choices. So many mistakes. Sarah Jessica Parker

    Life often requires taking detours. This happens at the most inopportune times. Detour signs pop up when we least need something getting in the way or something requiring us to change our plans. We can no longer continue as we were, we must find an alternative way to get where we are going.

    Whether we encounter detours on a road trip or unexpected and unwanted life’s events rudely jump in front of us; we must learn to deal with them; they must be handled in a proper manner. Things happen; they happen at the worst times; they are what they are. We can allow them to totally disrupt our plans and cause us great emotional stress; even causing us to cancel plans, go back home or give up. We can choose to regroup, refocus, deal with the detour and get back on the road to where we were headed. If we never become adept at handling life’s detours, we will find ourselves often quitting and having to start over many times. Contrast the idea of a detour with that of a roadblock. A detour implies there are alternative routes available as compared to a roadblock having no alternatives. Roadblocks can stop us “dead in our tracks”.

    Bridges are something we take for granted. A bridge collapse or a needed repair causes a detour to be necessary. Depending upon the geography of the area, such detours can add hours of travel and commuting time. It may require a year or longer to fix or replace a bridge. Those depending on the bridge are forced to alter their lives. They have to find the next best way to accommodate their needs. Giving up and staying home is not an option for those who are dependent upon the bridge to get to work. They must learn to accommodate this disruption to their lives and get on with living life.

    During life, we will lose loved ones, lose jobs; face health issues, have economic woes and misfortunes, and face a laundry list of trials and tribulations. Life does not always treat us kindly. In some ways these events are either detours or roadblocks. We can find new and different approaches to continue on or we can throw up our hands, cry “Woe is me”, give up, and quit. We should develop the mindset of taking life’s lemons and commit to turning them into lemonade.

 Challenge: Do you look at your trials and tribulations as detours or as roadblocks? Detours are a hassle and inconvenient, but you can handle them and get back on course. Roadblocks can be “show stoppers”. If you look at problems as detours, you are displaying determination, perseverance and commitment. If you accept life’s problems as roadblocks, you are exhibiting a defeatist and victim mentality.  Always look for alternative routes.

 Wisdom: For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.  Mary K Ash

 

Spiritual: (NIV)

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

 Now faith is being sure of we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

 Life is a journey. It has its good days and its bad days. Sometimes really bad things will happen and seem to present us with difficulties, barriers and roadblocks that are more than we can handle. For those who do not have God in their lives, these trials and tribulation can be totally devastating. For those who have God as a source of strength and guidance, what will seem to be a roadblock is only a temporary detour. He shows us how to go on.

 Prayer: Help me to keep a proper perspective on my trials and tribulations. Help me to keep my eyes on you.                                        

 

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