Self-Care Challenge (Day 70): Thinking in Traffic

Open roadYesterday, it took me an hour and five minutes to drive home from the grocery store–which is a whopping 6.9 miles away. What is typically a pleasant, 10-minute drive turned into an “it’s a small world” ride, except without the Disney panache.

As I crept forward inch by inch, I could feel my patience dwindling. I was irritated, to say the least. (Never mind that it was my bright idea to run errands in the middle of rush hour.) 

Several times I had to remind myself that it was not the end of the world. I mean, less than 24 hours ago I had been on a tropical island not caring at all how fast the traffic moved. It made me wonder why we allow trivial things (like traffic) to have such an effect on us.

I began to consider some other ways I could use the idle time. Maybe I could enjoy some relaxing music or listen to an audio book to pass the time. Or perhaps I could call a friend. But then my mind drifted to the many projects I have planned for the summer, and I thought about how and in what order I should tackle them. By the time I reached my driveway, I had come up with several action items for a few business ideas that I’m working on. So, being stuck in traffic is a waste of time? I think not.

We can choose how to experience life’s inconveniences, and we can choose how we use our time. Instead of “sitting” in traffic (or “fuming” in traffic like many of us do), what if we did more “thinking” in traffic? Imagine what we could accomplish… 

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