The Secret to Life

When it comes to pet peeves most of us could open a zoo.

One of my driving p.p’s are folks who pull out in Deer-Traffic-Sign-X-W11-3front of fast moving traffic and then go slooooooooooooooooooooooooow. It’s one that really makes me nuts, so I try to make sure not to be in the passing lane unless I’m, well, passing.

Last Sunday morning, driving on a beautiful stretch of highway, things on my mind, I was content with driving on the slower side. A truck, with a driver that wasn’t as blissful, came roaring up behind and flew past me and the other right laners.

A few moments later, and a little further down the way, a deer bolted out of the woodlands that hug the sides of the highway nearly missing the speeding truck. Β My first thought was, “see what happens when you’re in a rush, a hurry?” Almost as quickly as these ideas formed in my mind, another one of Bambi’s cousins hopped in front of me! Two deer, two drivers, two approaches to driving, two making adjustments to avoid an accident.

Wouldn’t it be nice if being mindful immuned us from these surprises? If a reflective way of life helped us avoid things that seek to wreck our journey?

However, there is no formula to a life that’s perfect and predictable. The secret to life is that there is no secret. Being thoughtful doesn’t equal the world thinking of others more. Seeking wisdom doesn’t mean other people are going to be more wise. Β A more relaxed you will still encounter those who are stressed out!

The sun is going to rise on the good and the bad, rain will fall on the just and unjust. Blessed and trying times affect us all and life refuses to be tamed.

Being purposeful, embracing inner stillness, will not keep dangers from darting unexpectedly onto the path we travel, but they can help us adjust to life’s surprises and bring the gift of mindfulness to others who we encounter along the way.

staying focused on the road,


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Posted on September 20, 2013, in Mindfulness and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Your blog is one interesting place! I loved the “watermelon” post. I could relate to it quite easily. And I loved this post too! πŸ™‚
    I guess I’ll be coming back for a big slice…not storing you away πŸ˜‰
    And yup, thanks for the generous like on my blog. Means a lot πŸ™‚


  2. Thanks for the follow and now so glad to have found your blog! Shanti, shanti…..kai


  3. “When it comes to pet peeves most of us could open a zoo.”
    Love this… πŸ˜‰


  4. oh how life can be so complicatedly simple. we can only brace ourselves for the bumps and hope that it knocks that branch loose that’s been lingering in our undercarriage lol.


  5. Amen! Wise words for driving and for us along our life’s journey.


  6. Reblogged this on Preston Byrd and commented:
    Great post that many of us can relate to…funny! Thanks for sharing! ~Preston Byrd


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