Do you know what this is? This, my friends, is a living metaphor. The two-lane US highway outside my neighborhood has been completely torn up for construction. This highway is the only route for us to get to civilization (ie: grocery store, gas station, work, school, STARBUCKSFORCRYINGOUTLOUD) Getting out of the neighborhood is not easy. Sometimes getting back in is difficult. Things seem to be behind schedule too. <<sigh>>
On the day of this photo, I'd finally gotten out of the neighborhood to find myself stuck behind slow moving farm equipment. However, like I always tell my kids, "Getting impatient and wanting farm equipment to move faster isn't helpful. Remember that without farmers, there'd be no food." So, I was ok with my situation. However, seeing the orange cones that would have prevented a quick escape anyway just seemed too perfect a representation of life. I could not resist a photo. I was going so slowly that taking the picture while driving wasn't even remotely dangerous either.
So if a picture speaks a thousand works, then this one might say, "Slow down and don't pass. Even if you could get around this obstacle, the road is too rough to go faster anyway." (And that's only 22 words.)
How many times does your body or spirit tell you to slow your roll, take your time, think it through? But then on the inside, you hear yourself saying, Let's go! Hurry up! Get out of my way! Yep. You're human. That is going to happen. But what if a rough road, orange cones, and slow farm equipment MADE you slow down. What then? Would you get irritated, or might you feel a little bit of relief in having the decision made for you? (I pick the second one!)
Author Iain Thomas said, "And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, 'This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!' And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart, and say, 'No. This is what's important.'"
Thank goodness for the season of construction and farm equipment on the country highways to help us remember that. (She said honestly and without a trace of sarcasm)
If you'd like a little help slowing down, join us on Friday mornings at 8:00 am at the Pringle Nature Center for yoga. This class is for all levels. I'll modify for whoever comes to class. The woods is our back drop and the birds are our sound track. Preregister under the "yoga classes and workshops" tab. I'd love to see you there. <3
(Happy Fathers' Day!)