Happy, Healthy Mind – Embrace Life’s Detours
Have you ever looked at where you are in life and realize you are going down a road you didn’t ever imagine being on? Life can be like that, full of change and what I will call detours. Recently, I was rushing to meet up with friends and already running late, when the road I needed to take was closed. I had to take a huge circular detour that was going to make me even later. At first, I was pretty irritated to say the least, but didn’t see any other options. As I was coming up a street I hadn’t traveled in a long time, I looked up at the breathtaking scenery. The agricultural fields were a brilliant green, the sky a gorgeous, vivid blue and the impressive view of the mountain range in the background was crystal clear. Wow, just wow. As my eyes feasted on the beauty of nature in front of me, my mood was instantly lifted and I took a deep breath. It dawned on me, that had I not been forced to take that detour, I would have missed a sight that was so beautiful I wanted to paint it. As a side note, I wondered how many other things have I failed to notice or embrace? I started to reflect on my beautiful detour in comparison to the recent, forced detours in my personal life. Driving down that road, in that moment, my heart knew that I was going to make it to the other side of my pain. I found myself asking, Is it really possible that by embracing life’s detours, you can end up in a more beautiful place than you were before?
A detour can be big or small. They can be caused by a change in our relationships, financial situation, health or even the number on the scale. Detours or change can be hard to embrace. Trust me I know, as I am usually someone who likes things to stay the same. When it comes to your weight loss journey, it is possible to find success. It may take some detours to finally get there, but you can do it. And you will find out a lot about yourself in the process. I remember watching an interview of a woman who had lost over 100 pounds. It took her many trial and errors (or detours), before she was able to finally keep it off for good. Something that struck me is her saying she had to heal herself on the inside emotionally first. Had she not embraced her different detours, she would never had figured out her formula for success. The key was for her to embrace life’s detours, setbacks, disappointments and not give up on herself but keep trying.
I am finding out that some detours can be exciting and scary all at the same time. Unfortunately, even with pain and heartbreak, you first experience the breakdown before there is breakthrough. (Wise words from my wiser sister). A change in circumstances usually follows personal growth. Growth at the time feels uncomfortable, but a change in your life can be extremely freeing as well. I have learned to pause, take a breath and accept the changes, because life can definitely be even more beautiful on the other side. Just like that my drive that day, your life can be even more brilliant that ever before, if you embrace life’s detours.