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                                       Time For A Road Trip?
  
What images and emotions come to mind when you think about taking a road trip?  A sense of freedom and adventure or dread?  

When was the last time you got behind the wheel of your car for a drive that wasn't centered around getting somewhere and getting there fast?

Throughout my life I've taken a lot of road trips by myself, with family or with friends.  Each trip left lasting memories and time took on a different perspective.

Sadly, many travelers focus only on the destination, as if that will bring the most happiness. In reality, it's the moments during the journey of life that bring the greatest happiness and fondest memories.

The road trip, in my opinion, is an excellent way to reboot and reconnect as long as you take to the open road leaving appointments and deadlines behind.  This can be an opportunity to detox from technology and see what you're missing.

If you get lost, so what, it isn't always a bad thing.  The best thing about getting lost is what you find along the way.  Be open to adventure and what you might discover. 

Unlike traveling by air, rail or bus, you have the freedom to leave when you want and stop when you want.  There is a heightened awareness and freedom in the experience of being in the moment and doing what you want that brings a tremendous amount joy to life.

Whether you have the windows down, have the sun roof open, sing along to your favorite tunes or prefer to drive in peace and quiet, stop at various sight-seeing locations or drive on through, you are in control of these choices during a road trip.

Driving to new places or stepping out into unknown areas in life can cause anxiety as you leave the familiar. Leaving your comfort zone can be a bit unnerving; however, the more you do it, the easier it becomes and this is where growth and living occur.  

If you feel bored or stressed and need some quiet time, perhaps you are long overdue for a road trip.

I recall taking a day trip in 1984 to explore the area just north of San Francisco.  With the top down on my 1974 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, I ventured off the main roads and decided to enjoy the beautiful landscape.  

The area was lush with foliage and majestic redwoods.  It was breathtaking!  I wanted a break from the busy and congested metropolitan area and here I found a peacefulness along with a bit of adventure.

After an hour or more into my drive on these back roads, a touch of panic entered my thoughts.  I realized I hadn't seen other cars on this road for quite some time and I didn't know where the road went.  

Should I turn back or continue on?  The sun was likely to set within the hour. 

Newsflash for those of you under the age of fifty, this was prior to the convenience of cell phones and GPS.  When we took a drive in those days we would get lost sometimes but we always figured it out or stopped and asked for directions.  Since I didn't see anyone to ask, I merely said a prayer and kept driving.  

About ten minutes later, the road lead into a major street and the name made me chuckle. The street name was Paradise. I thought to myself as I headed back to the highway, “make a mental note, now I know where Paradise is." 

If you're unable to take a road trip but would like to enhance your well-being while commuting, let me offer these suggestions:
 
  • Listen to up-lifting music stations like KLOVE
  • Listen to books on tape, which can be found at your local library
  • Practice slow deep breathing to create peace and quietness around you 
  • Forget the radio or music and have conversation time with passengers 
  • Allow some cushion time during your commute
  • Be a mindful driver - distractions are everywhere
 
There are so many beautiful places to explore and wonderful people to meet along the way.  If you're a city person, head to the country or a small town and vice versa.  Enjoy the drive and mingle with the locals.  Greet folks with a smile and watch them smile back at you.  

Slow down and take the time to enjoy The Good Life and Make time to be alone.

Until next month, TCOY!

Coach Lucy
 

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TCOY Tidbits...


~ QUOTES TO NOTE ~


People don't take trips, trips take people.  

~ John Steinbeck  


It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.  

~ Confucious  


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

~ Douglas Adams


Life is an ADVENTURE.  Dare it.

~ Mother Teresa


You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.  

~ Wayne Dyer


 

Strength from Scripture: 


I pray, you answer  

~ Psalm 138:3


Which path to take

~Proverbs 3:6

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