Earlier this week, I was driving down the road and my head
was in a million different places.
The past couple of weeks, I’ve been in a somewhat frantic place mentally
because of the money and career challenges.
We are not bringing in enough money to pay all of our bills, including our mortgage.
And I’m at a point in my career, once again, where I feel tapped out.
I know I need to make a change, but I can’t figure out how.
So as I’m driving I see this truck up ahead, a road construction vehicle with the lights and the guys with the yellow vests.
The lights are flashing and I can see they are working
but I’m in my head – thinking about work and money – so I’m not really
aware of what’s going on around me.
I see that they’re not blocking the other lane so of course I decide I’m just going to pass them.
As I’m passing them I notice a sign on the truck that says
“Caution Wet Paint” or something like that.
But it doesn’t even occur to me that maybe I should not be
passing this truck right now.
Nope, I just keep going. I gotta get back and do the work that I feel I’m not supposed to do any more!
So later that day I notice some white stuff on my car.
Aaaaah! Now it occurs to me and that little voice inside my head says…
“Dude, you drove right past a truck spraying paint and now it’s on your car!”
God damn it! Now I have freaking road paint all over the side of my
car! That stuff MUST be impossible to get off! It’s freaking road paint!
My blood is boiling and I feel like I’m going to explode in a fit of rage.
I don’t have time to be scrubbing road paint off my car! I wonder if it will even come off! I don’t have money for that right now! Or worse, I’ll need to get a new paint job!
Then I realize this is once again there is a lesson here.
If I had just slowed down and read the damn sign,
I wouldn’t be in this mess.
And now it’s gonna cost me, not only money but also time.
And once again I learn a very important life lesson – slow down and read the signs.
I have these moments in time where I get all frantic about things going on in my life.
Usually it has something to do with fear of not enough money.
And while I am all frantic about trying to figure it all out, I’m missing the signs that life is sending me.
So hopefully this time, this lesson will stick a little better.
I still don’t have a clear answer for the money or career issues right now.
But I feel I’m in a much better place to be making decisions now.
And I know from past experience that you can’t make good decisions from
a place of fear and panic. It just doesn’t work that way.
Things always work out.
The funny thing is that they almost never workout the way that we think they would.
But I get so hung up in trying to make them work out a certain way.
You have to acknowledge the fear but then slow down and be fully aware of what’s happening.
Then you can make a plan to move forward. Only this time it is from a place of calm and focus.
When that happens, when you step out of your own way, you allow new ideas and opportunities to come your way.
Things you never would have even thought of will happen. People, articles, all kinds of messages will come your way to give you the answer to your problem.
Life will conspire to give you what you need.
All you have to do is slow down, read the signs and get out of your own way.
There’s a much more powerful force working for you. Just get out of the way and let that force work its magic.