When I lived in Northwestern Ontario, one of the things I loved to do was to get in the car and drive to some secluded lake. Often the road that led there was a rough, unpaved, forestry road, strewn with potholes the size of dinosaur's feet.
Regardless of how arduous the trip may have been, it was always worth it when I reached my destination.
The highway of life can often be one that includes sharp turns, detours, wash-outs and delays. Sometimes the destination changes - opportunities arise and new information may lead you in a different direction. Life, work and/or health changes may force you into resetting your compass - a re-prioritization - a rerouting.
These kinds of travels through life can, and often do, include struggle. Does it have to include suffering, though? Not if you have good emotional management skills, which you develop by addressing and undressing your stress.
Stress techniques help you minimize and even erase suffering. With practice, you shift more rapidly out of negative emotions. As you do, you gain perspective, which allows you to reset not only your nervous system but also your direction finder.
When you do reach your destination, brush off that travel dust and reflect upon the lessons you've learned on your journey. Then, take time to celebrate.
Travels, voyages and journeys
Ups, downs and break-downs
Smooth sailing. Rough seas
Hot days, bright skies, torrential rains
Worry, frustration, disappointment, sadness
Smooth heart rhythms, balanced nervous system
Travelling well through life.