Choosing the path of least resistance is, in my opinion, not always the correct path.
What I think of as path is new job, neighbor hood, friends, basically where I live work and who I associate with and where we meet.
Let me explain. When hard times come at me, I take a long hard honest look at the situation. (This takes practice. It is human nature to justify our actions, in our own mind. It is easy not to lie to others, not so easy, to not lie to ourselves.) If my actions and attitude did nothing to bring the stress I make note of it. It is a possible path shifting situation. As time passes and nothing else points to path correction, that the previous event seemed to, I figure it as random. If we alter our path to quickly at every stressful event, it can become very disorienting. (Trust me folks I spent most of my life doing just that.)
For me this system works quite well. We have all had these experiences. Everything keeps messing up. Lets see, OK my attitude sucked, fix attitude not path. New stress…Examine carefully honestly. I cant see anything in my thoughts or actions that brought it to me. I ask a close, objective friend to look at it. (This should be a friend that has called you on your “bull” in the past. One, not afraid to be honest, even when it will hurt your feelings.) So…we both see no fault on my part. Deal with it, learn from it, still maintain path. (Sometimes even though it seems I did nothing to cause the negative situation, it is still not a path changer. It is a life lesson. Lesson learned no more problem.) Over a unprescribed period, if path is still obstructed and still no fault, consider altering path. I was in CA from 05 until 07. I finally left basically because of the system described above.
I find that most possible path altering situations that occur, at no fault of my own, are actually life lessons. When we learn these lessons and act appropriately we bless others as well. For example, a coworker is stressing you, depressing you, pissing you off! (The path of least resistance might be just getting a new job. Specially if you are in a field that is in high demand!) They, lets say, have a problem with stinking thinking, negativity. When you develope the skills do deal with such a person you will inspire others that see, said person no longer is able to get under your skin. Once in a wile you will actually cause negative people to begin the process of self examination that leads them out of the mental prison of negativity!
This process works well for me. It may be useful to others.