The Power of Detours

So. . .you’ve been detoured in life. . .

It happens.
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Enjoy the scenery anyway.

Sometimes detours in life are necessary.

There are always new things to see, new people to meet, and new wonders to experience.

When detours happen, the best thing we can do is to open our minds and our hearts to them.

The key to handling detours is our reaction to them.  We have a choice.  We really do.

You can resist, get angry, and allow detours to turn you into a bitter, depressed, unhappy person, or you can ease into the experience, go with the flow, and see what each detour has in store for you.  You will find yourself becoming a better, stronger, wiser person.

Embrace life’s detours.  Let them take you where they will.  You’ll soon realize that detours are part of life’s journey.  Without them we wouldn’t become the people we are meant to be.

8 thoughts on “The Power of Detours

  1. anonymous

    I always felt that detours was a learning experience. When I’m going through one I think ugh.. and feel man now what. Buy when I stop and think about it I feel a whole lot better. I realized that my life needed this change and it’s for the better. I now embrace it. I might not always understand why but I go with it now. I don’t resist it.. and it ALWAYS makes me feel much better about my life.

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      We can’t avoid detours…they are going to happen, but it sounds like you understand their purpose. There’s no point in resisting, so just go with it and expect the best possible outcome. I like to remind myself that detours happen to serve our highest good.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, my friend.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  2. Rose

    I’ve been going through a very rough detour the last few months. I’ve turned into this bitter, angry, miserable person that I don’t even recognize anymore. I used to be happy. I always went with the flow, relaxed, and let things just happen. I can’t find that person anymore and I feel so lost and confused and hopeless. I don’t know how to drag myself out of this misery. Your words help. This was exactly what I needed to read tonight. Thank you.

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      When we find ourselves feeling this way, it’s important to begin the shift from focusing on those things that are angering us to focusing on those things for which we are grateful. When things get in the way of our happiness, this means that we are looking to external things to make us happy…we have lost our focus, and we have moved away from our Center. Find your Center, my friend. Get back in touch with yourself. Practice gratitude for what you do have. Practice self-care. This detour may be challenging right now…ask what it is you are supposed to learn from it. What can you do to change things? This question will put your mind into a creative mode to start looking for solutions. I’m glad my words were able to help. Let me know how things turn out.

      I wish you many blessings during this challenging time.
      Penny

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      1. Rose

        That’s exactly what I have been trying to do over the last few weeks-focus on what I am grateful for. There is lots to be grateful for.

        I need to learn patience. Something unexpected has just happened, or is in the process of happening, and I am hoping once this is complete, it will help me to really start getting back in touch with myself and my own needs. I constantly have to put the needs of others ahead of myself, and while I am thankful I have to do that, it is so incredibly draining.

        Thank you for the kind words.
        Blessings to you

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        1. Penny McDaniel Post author

          Patience is a tricky virtue to master at times. Sometimes we must surrender, not in terms of giving up, our control in certain situations and trust that all is working out for our Highest Good. Easier said than done, I know! Keep focusing on gratitude and trust that all will be fine.

          Blessings,
          Penny

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  3. Stephanie

    I love the fact that you say to embrace the change and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes, life has a funny way of leading us to or away from something that isn’t quite right for us. To embrace the road blocks placed in our way helps us to see why and how they are working for or against us and what we can or cannot do to move past them and onto the next stage.

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      We have to believe that detours serve a purpose. There’s something on that temporary path for us learn, if we open ourselves to the experience. You’ll never know what you’ll discover!

      Blessings,
      Penny

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