Detours and Delays

Stress and AttitudeDetours and Delays

How do you handle the little detours and delays in your daily life?

You know what I mean, the unexpected explosion of a carbonated beverage leaving you cleaning up what seems like an ever expanding mess.

That tipped over glass of milk when you are running late.

The accidental use of hair spray as your deodorant, or the deodorant as your hair spray.

That flat tire as you are heading out in the morning.

The empty gas gauge from when someone else used your car.

The need for cupcakes for today’s kindergarten class that you just found out about.

The spot on that blouse you were planning on wearing to work today.

That stalled traffic on the highway when you are running late for an appointment.

The power goes out, the water is off, and so many other detours and delays that can happen in a day that disrupt your plans, your schedule and your life.

These things happen, and how we handle them can show our family, friends and even strangers our true character.

I know it’s hard to smile when these things happen, but knowing they do happen and there really isn’t much you can do about it or really plan for them that will definitely help your attitude. Don’t look at them as inconveniences but as learning and teaching experiences. Learning to laugh in the face of inconveniences, detours and delays will not only be an example to others but will certainly keep your blood pressure down.

So the next time a detour or delay stumbles into your plans for the day, take a moment to consider that perhaps there is something God is trying to show you. After all life is too short to spend any of it angry and upset over something that you didn’t know was going to happen.

May you have a wonderful detour and delay free day!


*any resemblance to real or imagined individuals, living or dead, is purely unintentional.  All opinions here are solely the opinion of the author. If you see yourself in this post, oops!

Matthew 6:27 – Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Ecclesiastes 7:9 – Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

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