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Turning Adversities into Adventures

By Saskia Roell

We are in Thailand, which is absolutely incredible! It’s a dream come true for me and my family of seven, who have long wanted to travel to exotic and exciting faraway places together. But it would never have happened if we hadn’t made the decision to let go of all of the excuses we had not to do it.

Sometimes when we step outside of our comfort zone, it’s not as scary as we think. Have you ever experienced that? In fact, because our authentic self doesn’t experience fear, it can be easier to connect to the real and brave you this way.

If you’re going to go after your dreams, you must master your mind when you hit the inevitable roadblocks in your path. If you want to stay inspired and upbeat when the going gets rough, your attitude matters.

I’d like to use some of the roadblocks we encountered as examples of how to turn adversities into adventures.

1. Stay accepting of and open to delays. The Universe knows exactly what is best for you, and delays are a part of the divine timing of the Universe.

It took us 36 hours to get from Boston to Bangkok. We were stranded in Japan because our flight was delayed. Because of that, we experienced a nightly dinner in Tokyo, which was a delightful present we wouldn’t have wanted to miss for anything in the world.

2. You are always in the right place at the right time, even if you don’t think so. The Universe always has a better plan for you. See what happens when you go with the flow.

One day we decided to visit the Grand Palace, but when we arrived they told us, since it was Sunday, we were late and they couldn’t allow us in. As we were debating what to do, a guard walked up to us and arranged two Tuk Tuks (Thai means of transportation) for us. He then gave us a map, circled five spots, and told us that this was the best plan for us. We went with the flow, but we had no clue where we were going. It was the funniest and fastest ride ever. They toured us all around the most beautiful temples. And since it was a special celebration day, we only had to pay $3.00 for the whole family.

3. You can feel lost and alone at any given time. Allow yourself to feel what you feel, but don’t back off from pursuing your dream. There are moments that you’ll feel disconnected from the source that fuels you. That’s normal. In those moments, you need to reconnect to a higher power: God, the Universe, the Source, or Buddha.

I recognized a feeling of disconnection and sadness sweeping over me while waiting at a busy train station in Bangkok. Suddenly, I remembered that I hadn’t done my meditations that morning. Worse yet, because we were traveling, I hadn’t done them for a few days. So noticing a Buddha statue, I went to it and knelt down. I let go of my worries as I prayed for happiness and world peace.

A man behind us (who had watched me pray) handed me flowers and water to offer to the Buddha. The most deep and profound feeling of inner peace and love overwhelmed me. Never before have I experienced anything like this. This pure feeling of connection to a greater power has stayed with me ever since. It changed my life, as simple as that sounds.

Who knew that no matter where you are in the world, you have access to inner peace and love if you connect to a greater power and focus away from the struggles of your small self.

It matters not how far away your destiny is. You have to plan, pursue, and trust your Soul as your tour guide. Your dream is worth it! Anything is possible if you learn to move through your roadblocks with grace and ease!

Saskia Rell, of your Soul Guidance in-demand, is a bestselling author and co-author with Jack Canfield & Deepak Chopra. She’s also a sought-after Radio Show Host, in-demand Speaker, and Soul Empowerment Coach. Saskia empowers you to move out of your comfort zone, break through your fears, and go after your heart’s desires. Download her free “21-Day Road Map to Your Dreams” Program here:

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