Stress-Free Travel


Is there a shortage of street names?  Why does every town have a Broadway, a Central Avenue, a Park Place, etc.? Or then again – is it information based?


What I mean is, did Broadway come about because it was the widest avenue, and Central because it’s the center of all the action?  Which would mean Park Place had the most parking. That actually would be great, since it’s so hard to find parking!


Was Frost Lane full of ice, and Forest full of trees? Could you imagine how simple it could be to get places? You would just need to follow the description to get anywhere. There’d be no random twists. Unless, of course, the road was called Twisty Lane.  You would just have to follow -the literally – Red Road, to an un-mowed area called -Grassy Knoll Lane, down a Sandy Street named -Beachwood Drive.  Then you would turn onto Waterway. And you probably would be right where you want to be, at the shore.


But, no, things are not that simple. We’ve got routes and highways and byways and, of course, other cars driving every-which-way. Which makes it pretty complicated to go anywhere without guidance. And then, on top of that, there’s some random voice yelling at you move over to the right lane, move over to the right lane, move over to the right lane! – That is even when you’ve decided to change your destination. Honestly, wasn’t it enough having your mate or a bunch of backseat drivers bossing you around.  Now, you’ve got that random GPS voice. And even if you’ve set it up to sound like some polite British young man, it still Irritates the bageezies out of you. Because you are hearing someone repeating themselves so insistently.


And then of course, there’s the times you find yourself in completely unchartered territory, totally dependent, and the voice decides to give you the silent treatment!!!  For that kind of behavior, you certainly don’t need a computer. If you’re looking for erratic behavior, just grab a teen.  They are doing their job when they act that way, but the GPS – you’ve accessed for dependability not temperamentality!


So, absent the perfect street names to guide us and seeing how computers have human failings, is there a way to get anywhere stress free?

Only one way!

The road may be rough-

But you control the direction!

You put in to your mental GPS – “I want to get there stress free” and then whatever glitches come your way you stay focused on that destination. Because trust me if you don’t – that determined polite British voice will keep reminding you of the direction that you put in- “wrong way, wrong way- you want to get there stress free, you want to get there stress free, you want to get there stress free”!



Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or<

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