No matter what kind of a day we have, it’s all good. Everything that happens, whether it is routine or extraordinary, calamitous or exasperating, it happens for our own good. Even today, driving for 16 hours to be with friends in Tennessee, we found ourselves experiencing a myriad of emotions on the road.
We left early in the morning, hoping to avoid heavy traffic out of FL, around Atlanta, and in Knoxville. The interstate was busier than we anticipated for the entire trip. Instead of dwelling on the variances of speed, and lengthy drive, we enjoyed an audio book: GRAY MOUNTAIN, by John Grisham.
The book is about 14 hours long. When we got to our friends’ home, we had only listened to 9 hours. We kept stopping the audio book so we could concentrate on the route, talk about a problem, plan for the next week, or answer the phone. Instead of interstate, we tried driving through towns, looking at the sites. We stopped for a leisurely lunch and dinner, and visited rest stops to walk around & use the facilities.
We stopped listening to the book to answer the mobile phone: a job offer for next month, an update on plans for the weekend, and an immediate family emergency. First two were good news while the last was frustrating. First two will lead to better times ahead. That last one lead to a heated discussion, and some crazy conjecture. It also lead to a solution which means better times ahead.
It’s easy to be reactionary to a frustrating situation – to get mad and vent. To talk crazy. If it leads to a solution, that’s great. But being calm, taking a deep breath, and then looking at the problem rationally leads to the same solution – without getting worked up. I’m still working on that second method. I know I can do it because it’s all good.