What is your response to a red light? Is it something like – Just my luck; I am always stuck in traffic; If that person ahead of me would have been a little faster? Or is it – Great, I can take a moment and relax; Look at the sunshine (or the rain drops on my windshield); I can take a breath and give thanks for all the good things in my life? If your response is like the first one, try to adopt the attitude of the second. Our response is a choice and the more times we choose to be frustrated and angry, the more we are frustrated and angry. If we choose peace, calm and gratitude, our lives become filled with moments of serenity. Years ago, I clipped the following out of a magazine:
“If I Had My Life To Live Over” by Nadine Stair
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
Let that sink in over the next week.
Let me know how you respond to traffic lights. Please post here.